(WFXR) — With the Easter weekend now underway, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is working to make your holiday road trips as smooth as possible.
VDOT says it will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major Virginia roads from noon on Friday, April 15 until noon on Tuesday, April 19.
However, Easter holiday motorists may still encounter semi-permanent work zones or travel delays across the Commonwealth, including the following locations in southwest and central Virginia:
- Alleghany County
- I-64: There are westbound paving operations from mile marker 7 to mile marker 2, which means there will be alternating lane closures.
- Bedford County
- Route 460: Realignment of eastbound lanes near Montvale is underway, a traffic shift is in place with eastbound and westbound lanes reduced to one lane, and the speed limit is reduced to 45 mph. Wilkerson Mill Road access is also closed at Route 460 with a detour in place.
- Bland County
- I-77: There is a southbound on-ramp closure on I-77 at exit 64. A detour is in place for motorists using Route 61 (Clear Fork Road) and Route 52 (N. Scenic Highway) to access I-77.
- Campbell County
- Route 726 (Mt. Athos Road): There is bridge repair work over Beaver Creek. Temporary traffic signal is in place and traffic is reduced to one 11-foot-wide lane.
- Carroll County
- Route 58W: There is a bridge replacement over Crooked Creek between Route 822 and Route 887. Lane closures may be in place. Traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions at Glendale Drive.
- Craig County
- Route 311: There is a bridge replacement over Meadow Creek. Traffic is reduced to one lane with a temporary signal to control traffic, as well as a width restriction of nine feet. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph, with a signed detour in place on Allen Street
- Pulaski County/Montgomery County
- I-81 bridge over New River: Crews are replacing the northbound bridge over the New River at the border of Pulaski County and Montgomery County. Lane and shoulder closures are in place between mile marker 103 and mile marker 105. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph, with a width restriction of 11 feet.
- Roanoke City
- 13th Street: Safety improvements are underway on a portion of 13th Street SE in Roanoke. Southbound 13th Street traffic is detoured using Norfolk Avenue onto 12th Street to Tazewell Avenue. Meanwhile northbound 13th Street is open to traffic. Flaggers are possible and the speed limit is 25 mph.
- Roanoke County
- I-81 from exit 137 to exit 141: Road widening is underway along a five mile section of northbound and southbound I-81 in Roanoke County and the city of Salem. A barrier wall is being installed, which means there will be nighttime lane closures and daytime shoulder closures.
- Wythe County
- I-77: The replacement of the Cove Creek bridges is underway between mile markers 44 and 42. Expect an altered traffic pattern on I-77 North and I-77 South.
Here is some other traffic information released by Virginia transportation officials:
- Northern Virginia high occupancy vehicle (HOV) schedule and other information:
- Find directional schedules for the reversible 95 and 395 express lanes, and information for the 495 Express Lanes at www.expresslanes.com.
- Hampton Roads HOV schedule, tunnels, and other information:
- I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and 64 Express Lanes: There are no HOV Restrictions or Express Lane Tolls on Sundays. The 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk may be used at no cost to motorists outside of normal operating hours. To learn more about the 64 Express Lanes, visit www.64expresslanes.org.
VDOT urges all holiday travelers to follow these travel tips so you can keep yourself, your loved ones, and other motorists safe on your trip to the bunny trail:
- Obey posted speed limits and give yourself time to reach your destination
- Buckle up and ensure children and car seats are secured
- Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
- Use your signals for lane changes and turns
- Keep an emergency preparedness kit in case of a breakdown
- Don’t drive distracted, and speak up if someone else is doing so
VDOT’s free mobile 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. Traffic information is also available at or by calling 511 from any phone.
To report a road problem or get answers to transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center around the clock at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). You can also get real-time traffic information by checking VDOT’s free 511 app, visiting 511Virginia.org, or calling 511 from any phone.