As travelers make their end-of-summer vacation plans before the hustle and bustle of the school season, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead for their holiday road trips. To make travel easier this coming Labor Day weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend many highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, September 2, until noon Tuesday, September 6.
While lane closures will be lifted in most locations, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time.
To assist motorists and keep traffic moving, some regions have enhanced Safety Service Patrols over the Labor Day holiday. In addition to incident management and emergency response, Safety Service Patrols provide limited motorist assistance to disabled vehicles along designated corridors. Services may include; tire services, fuel, air compression, jump start, water, phone access to local wrecker service and directions.
TRAVEL-TRENDS MAP HELPS PREDICT PEAK CONGESTION
Based on the traffic data, moderate to heavy congestion is expected from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, and throughout the holiday weekend, including Monday.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to make travel safer for all. Do your part:
- Slow down! When you drive over the speed limit, even by a little bit, you put yourself and everyone on the road in danger.
- Buckle up and ensure children and car seats are secured.
- Drive sober. If you plan to drink, have a designated driver.
- Put the phone down! It’s unlawful in Virginia to hold a communication device while driving. Use a hands-free option when possible, or stop your vehicle in a safe location.
- Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Use signals for lane changes and turns.
- Cars can heat dangerously fast on hot days: don’t leave children, older people or pets in parked cars for any amount of time.
- Plan travel routes ahead of time and identify alternative routes for travel.
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).
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