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Thanksgiving Holiday Weather Outlook for I-95 Travelers

More travelers than ever will be hitting I-95 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year. The weather is always a condition to consider and this time of year can be so unpredictable. Below is a snapshot of weather conditions for major cities along the I-95 corridor during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Boston, Massachusetts

Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
0%
Clear
Monday
Clear
0%
Overcast
Tuesday
Overcast
20%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Overcast
Saturday
Overcast
20%
Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
40%

New York, New York

Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Clear
Monday
Clear
0%
Chance of Rain
Tuesday
Chance of Rain
60%
Clear
Wednesday
Clear
10%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Chance of Rain
Saturday
Chance of Rain
40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Clear
Sunday
Clear
10%
Partly Cloudy
Monday
Partly Cloudy
0%
Chance of Rain
Tuesday
Chance of Rain
60%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
10%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%

Washington, DC

Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Mostly Cloudy
Monday
Mostly Cloudy
0%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
0%
Clear
Friday
Clear
0%
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
80%

Richmond, Virginia

Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Overcast
Monday
Overcast
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Thunderstorm
80%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
10%
Clear
Friday
Clear
10%
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
10%
Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
70%

Fayetteville, NC

Mostly Cloudy
Sunday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
60%
Overcast
Tuesday
Overcast
20%
Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Thunderstorm
90%
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Mostly Cloudy
Friday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
40%
Rain
Sunday
Rain
70%

Savannah, Georgia

Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Chance of Rain
Monday
Chance of Rain
40%
Rain
Tuesday
Rain
80%
Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Thunderstorm
90%
Thunderstorm
Thursday
Thunderstorm
90%
Mostly Cloudy
Friday
Mostly Cloudy
20%
Thunderstorm
Saturday
Thunderstorm
80%
Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
80%

Jacksonville, Florida

Chance of Rain
Sunday
Chance of Rain
70%
Thunderstorm
Monday
Thunderstorm
80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
50%
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
20%
Thunderstorm
Saturday
Thunderstorm
80%
Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
80%

Miami, Florida

Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
90%
Thunderstorm
Monday
Thunderstorm
90%
Overcast
Tuesday
Overcast
20%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday
Chance of a Thunderstorm
60%
Thunderstorm
Thursday
Thunderstorm
90%
Thunderstorm
Friday
Thunderstorm
80%
Thunderstorm
Saturday
Thunderstorm
80%
Thunderstorm
Sunday
Thunderstorm
80%

The I-95 Gardens Gateway Project in Virginia Celebrates Completion

Prince George County and The Cameron Foundation marked completion of their collaborative $1.2 million gateway project with a dedication ceremony at the site recently. “The Gardens at Exit 45,” named for its location off Interstate 95 at Exit 45, includes major lighting and landscaping enhancements. It features two 47-foot-tall glass architectural spires that flank the roadway as well as create a threshold to the commercial district. The celebration follows more than two years of planning, design and construction of the unique gateway.

Percy C. Ashcraft, County Administrator for Prince George County, noted that Exit 45 had served as the county’s major hub for tourism in the past, but had fallen into decline in more recent years. Based on the research and recommendations of Management Analysis, Inc., the County launched a targeted effort to restore this corridor along South Crater Road to once again serve as a key hospitality district. “The enhancements we’ve made here offer a tremendous boost to the area. The Gardens at Exit 45 is expected to stimulate local job growth and increase our tax revenue for the county by attracting visitors and travelers alike,” Ashcraft explained. An estimated 40,000 vehicles travel through that area on Interstate 95 each day.

The Gardens at Exit 45 encompasses a range of landscaping, with the design calling for 139 trees, 363 shrubs, and nearly 3,000 perennials along the exit ramp and at the intersection with South Crater Road. As travelers exit Interstate 95 during the night, the trees along the southbound ramp are accentuated by 28 lights. The gateway site is anchored by two glass towers, one along each side of the entranceway to the district. Colonial garden spires were the design inspiration for these central features in the 32,000 square-foot gateway plan. The spire finials are highlighted by four lights, and internal illumination of the spires comes from four color-changing LED flood lights that are activated at night. The $1.2 million cost for the project was shared equally by Prince George County and The Cameron Foundation.

The Cameron Foundation is working with several localities across the Tri-Cities area to develop distinctive community gateways. The Gardens at Exit 45 is the first such project to be completed. “Gateways can contribute significantly to creating a unique sense of place that is important to promoting tourism and investment in a community,” said Cameron President J. Todd Graham. “By working together with the local governments on these projects, we are combining our efforts to generate large-scale impact,” he added. Community gateway projects are among the Foundation’s proactive investments to help transform the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties into a healthy, vibrant, and economically vital region.

ABOUT PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY
Prince George County is located in the Richmond Metropolitan Area of central Virginia, with 36,656 residents. Boarded by the James and Appomattox Rivers, it is a County proud of its rich historical, agricultural and rural heritage. It is home to Ft. Lee military base and two industrial parks, which makes the County internationally recognized. The County is served by three interstates, Norfolk Southern railroad, U.S. Route 460, and the Port of Virginia. To learn more of what Prince George County has to offer, please visit www.princegeorgecountyva.gov.

ABOUT THE CAMERON FOUNDATION
Founded in 2003, The Cameron Foundation is a private foundation that was formed from the proceeds of the sale of Southside Regional Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of the City of Petersburg. Its service area includes the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George and Sussex; and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10. Since the Foundation began grantmaking in 2004, it has awarded more than $83 million to organizations serving residents of this area. More information about The Cameron Foundation is available on its website, www.camfound.org, or by telephone at 804 732 8900.


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Virginia DOT to Resurface Over 1,100 Lane Miles in Richmond Area in 2017

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Richmond District is gearing up for prime paving season, which will include resurfacing approximately 1,100 lane miles of roadways, including I-95, for smoother, safer travel. Paving season typically extends from April to November each year.

Richmond area Interstate highways, including I-95, will receive approximately $31 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 101 lane miles of asphalt and concrete pavement repairs. I-95 projects will include:

Interstate 95 northbound

  • Between mile marker 36 and I-295 (mile marker 46) in Prince George County

Interstate 295 northbound

  • Between I-95 (mile marker 1) and mile marker 13 in Prince George County, the City of Hopewell and Chesterfield County
    Between Route 10 (mile marker 15) in Chester and mile marker 21 in Henrico.

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Driving From New England to Florida – A Detailed Itinerary

If you have the stamina or a few extra passengers that can share the driving, you can go nonstop… and this article is not for you. But if you’re the kind of road warrior that doesn’t want to spend the first day at their destination recovering from the trip, then read on.

Just to keep things simple, New England to Florida (let’s say Boston to Orlando) is about a 22 hour drive or about 1300 miles. That’s including stops for gas, meals and breaks. For most travelers, you can comfortably make the journey with two days of driving and one overnight stop.

That first day can get a little frustrating as you pass through “the northeast corridor” with mostly urban areas and heavy traffic. At the end of the day you’ll be somewhere near the Virginia/North Carolina border. Your next day of travel is much more rural and by the end of that second day of driving you’ll be in Orlando.

Here’s our suggested itinerary:

Day One: New England (Boston) to Roanoke Rapids, NC (638 miles)

Timing is everything on your first day. Scheduling to avoid urban areas during heavy traffic is important and will save you time and frustration. As you can see from the table below, leaving Boston at 6:00 am will get you through New York, Baltimore and Washington between rush hours.

Leave Arrive in
Boston New York City Baltimore Washington, DC
12:00 am 4:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am
3:00 am 7:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am
6:00 am 10:00 am 1:00 pm 2:00 pm
9:00 am 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm
  • 6:00 am : With a full tank of gas and breakfast behind you, you’re on the road. Head down I-95 to New York City. An alternate route to NYC would be I-90 to I-84 to I-287, over the Tappen Zee Bridge to the Garden State Parkway south to I-95 (NJ Turnpike). Click here to view this route.

Travel Tip: Avoid getting gas in Connecticut if you can. They have some of the highest gas prices along I-95.


  • By 6:45 am you should be approaching Providence, Rhode Island
  • By 8:15 am  you should be approaching New Haven, Connecticut
  • By 10:30 am  you should be approaching New York City
  • By 11:30 am you should be south of New York City on the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95).

Travel Tip: There are some great service areas along the New Jersey Turnpike where you can stretch, gas up or grab a bite to eat.


  • By 12:00 pm you should be approaching the Delaware Memorial Bridge
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Stop at one of the Maryland Service Plazas, have lunch, take a break and gas up before you leave. You can allow up to an hour here, you’ll still be in great shape to hit Baltimore and Washington before the rush.
  • By 2:30 pm you should be approaching Baltimore, Maryland. Traffic may be heavy but still better than in an hour or two.
  • By 3:00 pm you should be approaching Washington, DC. Rush hour is just getting started but you can beat the worst of it by not stopping along the route here.
  • By 4:00 pm you are leaving the traffic mess behind you, just a few more miles and it should be smooth sailing.
  • By the time you get to Richmond, Virginia it should be around 4:30 pm. Gas up for the final stretch.

Travel Tip: Try I-295 around Richmond and Petersburg if the traffic is heavy. I-295 is a newer, more rural alignment with less traffic.


  • 5:30 pm: you should be crossing the Virginia/North Carolina state line.
  • 6:00 pm: Arrive in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Check into your hotel and head out for supper. I-95, exit 173 is a popular overnight stop for travelers and a halfway point between Boston and Orlando.


Click here to check out the hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shopping at I-95, exit 173 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.


The Largest Jazz Festival On The East Coast Is Back Again in Richmond

The Richmond Jazz Festival, the premier musical event on the east coast, has returned for its seventh year, August 11 – 14th. Thousands of music lovers from across the country will converge on Richmond for a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This year boasts one of the most impressive lineups to date, featuring names such as Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks and Esperanza Spalding. Other notable artists include Vanessa Williams, Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Grace Kelly, Arrested Development, Morris Day and The Time, plus many more noteworthy acts.

In addition to the presenting sponsor Altria, the festival has partnered with Virginia is for Lovers and Dominion as stage sponsors. Other corporate sponsors include WestRock, Richmond Region Tourism, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Wells Fargo, Pepsi and Virginia Lottery. Media sponsors include NBC 12, Summit Media and WCVE Public Radio.

Visit jazzatmaymont.com to get ticket information, view the performance schedule and get additional updates!


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Virginia Expands Safety Service Patrol on I-95

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has recently expanded their Safety Service Patrol along I-95 from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. for additional emergency response and traffic control assistance. Currently, Safety Service Patrol runs on various routes from 5:00 am to – 9:00 pm. around the Richmond region.

The new overnight route will include one patroller and one supervisor, which will cover I-95 from I-295 (mile marker 84) in Hanover to Route 10 (mile marker 61) in Chester. Patrollers can respond to high profile incidents outside the established routes during the new overnight hours, if necessary.

Safety service patrollers continuously monitor routes in trucks with the VDOT logo on the side, detecting incidents and responding to requests for assistance from the Virginia State Police and local emergency responders. Patrols also remove road hazards, such as debris. During patrols, they can arrive at incidents quickly and set up traffic control to clear the way for emergency responders. Early action by patrollers and notification to the proper authorities mean reduced congestion on the interstates.

When not engaged in emergency response, patrollers also provide these non-emergency services to motorists:

  • Jump starting vehicles
  • A couple gallons of gasoline
  • Water for overheated radiators
  • Tire changes
  • Access to a telephone for tow services
  • Directions and a state map
  • Limited first aid until emergency services arrive.

If drivers face a life-threatening emergency while traveling on Virginia roadways, they should call 911 immediately.

Drivers are encouraged to report stranded vehicles, vehicle crashes and obstructions in the roadway to Virginia State Police at #77. To report unsafe roadway conditions, such as potholes or debris in the road, call the 24-hour VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).


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Celebrate an I-95 Fourth of July Fireworks Weekend!

Nearly every city along I-95 has fireworks displays planned for this Fourth of July holiday weekend. While July Fourth is on a Monday this year, celebrations start as early as Friday, July 1 and run through the holiday weekend.

We’ve assembled a list of cities and towns along I-95 from Maine to Florida that have scheduled holiday fireworks displays. While dozens of other towns will have celebrations, the locations listed below represent some of the best! Listings run north to south. Make your plans now!

Maine:
  • Bangor, Maine
    Independence Day Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
  • Augusta, Maine
    Whatever Family Festival
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
  • Freeport, Maine
    L.L. Bean Summer Fourth of July Celebration
    Monday, July 4th at 9:15 PM.
  • Portland, Maine
    Maine Stars and Stripes Spectacular
    Monday, July 4th at 9:15 PM.
  • Ogunquit, Maine
    Ogunquit’s Main Beach celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:15 PM.
New Hampshire:
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Independence Day Celebration
    Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 PM.
  • Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
    Independence Day Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:30 PM.
Massachusetts:
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
    Grand Fireworks Display
    Sunday, July 3 at 9;30 PM.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Boston Harborfest
    Monday, July 4 at 10:30 PM.
  • Attleboro, Massachusetts
    Fourth of July Celebration
    Sunday, July 3 at 9:20 PM.
Rhode Island:
  • Warwick, Rhode Island
    Celebration at Oakland Beach Sea Wall
    Friday, July 1 at 9:00 PM.
  • Providence, Rhode Island
    Celebration at India Point Park
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
Connecticut:
  • Norwalk, Connecticut
    Celebrations at Calf and Shady Beaches
    Monday, July 4 at 10:00 PM.
  • New Haven, Connecticut
    Fourth of July Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
New York:
  • New York City, New York
    Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
    Monday, July 4 at 9:20 PM.
New Jersey:
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
    Freedom And Fireworks Festival
    Monday, July 4 at 10:00 PM.
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey
    Meadowlands State Fair
    Sunday, July 3 at dusk.
Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia Fourth of July Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Penns Landing Celebration
    Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3 at Dusk
Delaware:
  • Newark, Delaware
    Fourth of July Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
  • Wilmington, Delaware
    Independence Day Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
Maryland:
  • Baltimore, maryland
    Baltimore Harbor Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:30 PM.
  • Annapolis, Maryland
    Fourth of July Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:15 PM.
Virginia:
  • Manassas, Virginia
    Celebrate America Event
    Monday, July 4 at 9:15 PM.
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia
    Heritage Festival
    Monday, July 4 at 9:30 PM.
  • Richmond, Virginia
    The Diamond 4th
    Monday, July 4  after the ballgame.
North Carolina:
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina
    Independence Celebration
    Sunday, July 3 at 9:30 PM.
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina
    Independence Day Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 10:00 PM.
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Festival Park Celebration
    Friday, July 1, at 8:00 PM.
  • Wilson, North Carolina
    Celebrate Independence Day
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
South Carolina:
  • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
    Independence Day Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
Georgia:
  • Savannah, Georgia
    River Street Fourth of July Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 10:00 PM.
  • Tybee Island, Georgia
    Fourth of July Fireworks on the Pier
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
Florida:
  • Jacksonville, Florida
    Fourth of July Celebration at the Beach Pier
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
  • St. Augustine, Florida
    4th of July Concert & Fireworks
    Monday, July 4 at 9:30 PM.
  • Ormond Beach, Florida
    Independence Day Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
  • Cocoa Beach, Florida
    Fireworks Celebration
    Sunday, July 3 at 8:45 PM.
  • Boynton Beach, Florida
    Salute to Independence
    Monday, July 4 at dusk.
  • Delray Beach, Florida
    July Fourth Celebration
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
  • Sebastian River, Florida
    Sebastian River Area Freedom Festival
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.
  • Miami, Florida
    America’s Birthday Bash
    Monday, July 4 at 9:00 PM.

 


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Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.