VDOT Prepares for Thanksgiving Travelers

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

STAUNTON-- Nationwide more than 43 million people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving weekend. Virginia's Department of Transportation is gearing up for a busy period, as well.

The peaks are Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then Sunday afternoon. VDOT has crews on-call 24/7. They are monitoring the roads, and looking for any trouble that may arise.

They have suspended all lane closures for most maintenance and construction projects to make sure that traffic flows smoothly unless the project has permanent barriers.

VDOT wants people to make use of website Virginia 511 to help avoid the tough spots. There is also an app for iPhone and Androids. Using them could help people get to their destinations faster. "Know what's going on before you get on the roads. Check the 5-1-1 system. You'll see if there's any congestion on your route, and if there is a lot of congestion when you plan on travelling. You might want to rearrange your drive or find other routes to take in order to make it a smoother drive," said VDOT spokesperson Marshall Barnhill.

VDOT said the roads have mainly local traffic on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Then, Sunday is a busy drive with people returning home. They recommend coming back on Saturday or Monday if possible.


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