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VDOT suggests alternate routes to avoid traffic Labor Day weekend

The Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging alternate routes for travel to Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks over Labor Day weekend, and is lifting HOV lane restrictions on some interstates.

VDOT encourages those traveling to the Outer Banks to use Route 460 in lieu of I-64 to avoid congestion due to the widening project, according to a VDOT news release. Traffic is expected on I-64 westbound from mid-morning to late afternoon during the holiday weekend near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Newport News, the release said.

Those traveling to Virginia Beach are encouraged to use I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel instead of the HRBT. To Virginia Beach, drivers can take I-664 south to the MMMBT and then take the Portsmouth/Norfolk exit, 15A, to I-264 east to Virginia Beach, VDOT said.

Labor Day changes

  • I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV diamond lanes: Monday, Sept. 4, the Reversible Roadway will continue on a normal schedule, but HOV restrictions will be lifted on all HOV diamond lanes, including th­e Reversible Roadway, the release said.

VDOT’s travel-trends maps show peaks congestion periods interstates based on historical data from the past three Labor Day weekends. Real-time updates on traffic and accidents can be found at 511Virginia.org. Drivers also can find current traffic information through VDOT’s free mobile 511 app, or by calling 511.

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