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VDOT will lift lane closures to ease Thanksgiving traffic

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RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lift lane closures during the Thanksgiving travel period to make life easier for drivers.

VDOT will suspend most of its highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Wednesday to noon Monday.

To help plan and navigate holiday travel, VDOT is offering the next generation of its 511 app. Real-time traffic information can also be found online at 511virginia.org.

While VDOT will lift most lane closures, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following interstate locations:

Botetourt County

I-81 – Improving exit 150 interchange. Route 11 southbound is closed at the interchange. Detour is in place for access using exit 150B to Gateway Crossing. Lane closure and off-ramp narrowed at Exit 150A. Shoulders closures in place throughout the area. Signs and message boards in place.

Newport News/Williamsburg

I-64 – Widening interstate between Newport News and Williamsburg. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph in work zone both directions.

Norfolk

I-564 – Extending I-564 to Norfolk International Terminals through Naval Station Norfolk. Closures or changes in traffic patterns available at www.i564intermodal.com/press-room/traffic-alerts.

Norfolk/Virginia Beach

I-64/I-264 – Improving interchange. Lane shift and closed shoulder on I-64 westbound starting after Indian River Road and ending near the I-264 interchange.

Pulaski/Montgomery County

I-81 – Replacing the northbound bridge over the New River at the Pulaski/Montgomery County line. Shoulders closed between mile markers 103 and 105. Speed limit reduced to 60 mph in work zone.

Stafford County and Fredericksburg

I-95 – Improving interchanges at Exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and Exit 133 (Route 3/Fredericksburg). All travel lanes open; concrete barriers in place along the shoulder northbound and southbound in work zones.

Washington County

I-81

  • Reconstructing interchange at Exit 14. Lanes shifted due to bridge reconstruction at exit. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.
  • Reconstructing two interstate bridges over Halls Bottom Road near exit 10. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.
  • Rehabilitating Route F310 bridge at exit 10. Traffic signals are control one-way traffic on Route F310. Nighttime lane closures on I-81 near exit 10.

Wythe County

I-77/I-81 overlap – High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this 8-mile stretch. Be alert for delays on northbound I-77 at the I-81 merge.