Lane closures to be lifted ahead of Labor Day travel weekend

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Traffic is bumper to bumper south-bound on I-395 headed out of Washington before the Thanksgiving holiday, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Drivers hitting Virginia roads this upcoming holiday weekend can expect a lot of company as thousands of people are expected to hit the road visiting family, friends or enjoying one last vacation before summer comes to an end.

In an effort to help ease congestion, VDOT has announced the suspension of most highway work zones as well as lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia starting at noon on Friday, August 30 through noon on Tuesday, September 3.

VDOT’s Travel-Trends Map helps to predict congestion and can be accessed here.

Locations impacted by the work zone suspension includes:

  • I-66 and I-395 and rush hour tolls on the I-66 Express Lanes inside of the Capital Beltway around Washington, D.C. will be lifted on September 2.
  • I-64 / I-264 / I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and I-64 Express Lanes HOV restrictions and Express Lane tolls in Hampton Roads/Norfolk will be lifted on Monday, September 2.
  • I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) – Traffic heading to Virginia Beach is encouraged to take I-664 and the MMMBT. Then take the Portsmouth/Norfolk exit (exit 15A) to I-264 east to Virginia Beach.
  • Travel to the Outer Banks – Local traffic to North Carolina’s Outer Banks should use I-664 and the MMMBT to save time. From I-664 south, take I-64 west to exit 292, Chesapeake Expressway / I-464 / Route 17. Keep left to continue to the Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168) and take Nags Head/Great Bridge (exit 291B) to the Outer Banks.

For updated road conditions, including traffic cameras, highway speeds and traffic incidents, visit 511Virginia.org.

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