VDOT suspending most work zones to ease holiday travel
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- It’s almost the unofficial start to summer, and people are busy planning their trips for the first warm-weather weekend of the season.
In order to ease expected congestion on the roads, the Virginia Department of Transportation will be suspending most of its highway work zones and lifting lane closures on interstates.
This will be in effect between 12 p.m. May 26 and 12 p.m. May 30.
VDOT says Memorial Day is traditionally a very busy travel weekend, and its online interactive travel trends map can help drivers see when traffic has been heaviest on previous holiday weekends.
This map cannot precisely predict congestion for this year, but it can help people plan ahead and avoid travel during times when traffic has historically been the busiest.
While lane closures will be lifted in many areas, drivers may still encounter semi-permanent work zones that will still be in place.
Travelers can also check current road conditions online, including construction zones, crashes, congestion and other incidents.