Virginia plans to suspend all lane closures and most road work during the stretch between Christmas and New Year’s Day, in an effort to smooth holiday travel.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said it will cease work starting at noon on Friday, Dec. 22, and won’t resume until Tuesday, Jan. 2 at noon.

VDOT said to be aware of some possible delays in some areas where concrete barriers and other equipment may be in place, even if work is not taking place. The agency specifically pointed to the Fredericksburg area, where barriers will be in place along the shoulder on I-95 near Exit 130. There will be similar barriers in Spotsylvania County near Exit 118 and Spotsylvania County Near Exit 140.

HOV LANE ADJUSTMENTS

VDOT also said there will be change to HOV lanes in Northern Virginia during the holidays.

On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, there will be no HOV restrictions on I-66 and no rush hour tolls on the I-66 Express Lanes. HOV restrictions will also be lifted on I-395.

FOLLOW THE MAP

Drivers can plan their holiday trips using VDOT’s travel-trends map, which aggregates travel data from each of the last three holiday seasons. The map provides predicted traffic information at half-hour intervals between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.

VDOT said to expect heavy congestion on the evening of Dec. 23 to the evening of Dec. 26.

Motorists in Virginia can also get real-time traffic data on the state’s 511 smartphone app, and on 511Virginia.org.

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