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Virginia to Suspend Lane Closures, Construction to Ease Holiday Travel

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lift lane closures where possible during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to help make your travel quicker and easier.

The department will also suspend most highway work zones on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, December 22 until noon Tuesday, December 26. Lane closures will also be lifted from noon Friday, December 29 to noon Tuesday, January 2.

Those traveling for the Christmas holiday will likely see the most congestion from midday to evening on Saturday, December 23, and Tuesday, December 26, with the most notable congestion being on Interstate 95 south. During the New Year’s holiday, the most notable congestion periods are between noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, and Sunday, December 31. Some congestion is also expected during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, January 2.

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Georgia Restricts I-95 Construction Lane Closures for the Holidays

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us. And Georgia DOT aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension of construction-related lane closures on I-95, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping areas and tourist locations from 5:00 a.m. Friday, December 23 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, December 26.

Restrictions will also be in place for New Year’s weekend from 5:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 2.

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as crews may still work in proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any interstate or state route.

Georgia DOT advises motorists that – in the event of a crash or breakdown – to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger. Pull onto the nearest shoulder as far from the travel lanes as possible and call 511 for HERO assistance in Metro Atlanta, or 911 for medical emergency service anywhere in Georgia.

Georgia’s Move-over Law requires drivers to move-over one lane when a law enforcement, emergency vehicle or construction crew is on the side of the road and displaying flashing emergency lights. If it is unsafe to move over, then slow down below the posted speed.

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