Avoid I-64 if headed to the beach, VDOT advises

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RICHMOND, Va. -- If you plan to go to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, VDOT has suggested you avoid Interstate 64.

A lane widening project between Richmond and Virginia Beach could slow you down on the Interstate.

"While Interstate-64 Widening is in progress in Newport News, James City County and York County, motorists planning a through-trip to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks are encouraged to use Route 460 as an alternate route to avoid congestion," a VDOT spokesperson said.

VDOT suspended most highway work zones and lifted lane closures at noon on Friday.

The road work will resume Tuesday.

For those leaving town, VDOT said to expect the heaviest traffic on Friday and Monday.

"Based on the traffic data, periods of heavy congestion on the most recent Memorial Day weekends was most likely to occur between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Monday," the VDOT spokesperson said. "Historically, heavy congestion is present on I-95 southbound from Saturday morning to Saturday afternoon."

Even though VDOT has lifted most lane closures, are are some permanent work zones that could delay your travel:

Accomack County
Route 609 – Road closed for widening project. Use detour.

Albemarle County
Route 29

Reconstructing intersection at Route 631 (Rio Road). Traffic limited to three lanes northbound and two lanes southbound from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. One lane open each direction from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Speed limit reduced to 35 mph.

Rio Road crossover at Route 29 is closed. Rio Road traffic cannot cross Route 29. Left-turn movements not permitted at intersection. Detour in place.

Amherst County
U.S. 501 – Replacing bridge at Route 130 intersection over James River. Traffic controls and flaggers in use.

Brunswick County
I-85 – Repairing bridge over railroad at mile marker 28. Traffic limited to one lane both directions. Ramp from I-85 north to Route 1 closed. Ramp from Route 1 south to I-85 south closed. Follow posted detours.

Buckingham County
Route 20 – Replacing bridge over Slate River. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 45 mph.

Caroline County/King George County
Route 301 – Rehabilitating bridge over Rappahannock River at Town of Port Royal. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

Dinwiddie County
Route 226 – Replacing bridge 0.3 miles east of U.S. 460. Temporary signal directing traffic.

Fluvanna County
Route 6 – Replacing bridge over Rivanna River. Traffic restricted to one lane controlled by temporary signals.

Frederick County
I-81 – Reconstructing interchange at exit 310. Shoulders closed. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.

Greensville County
U.S. 301 – Replacing southbound bridge over rail tracks north of Emporia. Traffic detoured to I-95.

Isle of Wight County
U.S. 58 – Replacing bridge over rail tracks and Route 632. Follow detour.

Route 680 – Replacing bridge over Stallings Creek. Follow detour.

Lynchburg
Route 29/460 – Constructing safety improvements from Concord Turnpike to Candlers Mountain Road in both directions. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 45 mph.

Newport News
I-64 – Widening interstate. Trucks traveling westbound restricted to right lane between Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) and Yorktown Road (exit 247).

Portsmouth
I-264 – Constructing Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension. Right lanes closed both directions between Portsmouth Boulevard and Effingham Street. Two lanes open to traffic.

Richmond
U.S. 360 – Replacing bridge deck. Traffic limited to two lanes on Mechanicsville Turnpike over I-64, with one travel lane each direction. Ramp from eastbound U.S. 360 to westbound I-64 remains closed. Follow posted detour.

Roanoke
I-581 – Constructing new interchange. Northbound right lane closed from 10th street to Exit 3E at Hershberger Road. Southbound right lane closed from Hershberger Road to 10th street approaching the Valley View Mall area. Shoulders are closed, barricade walls in place.

Rockbridge County
I-64 – Rehabilitating Maury River bridges. Westbound traffic will detour across median to eastbound lanes between mile markers 53.3 and 55.3. Traffic both directions restricted to single lane and will use eastbound bridge during work on westbound bridge.

Southampton County
Route 680 – Replacing bridge over Flat Swamp. Follow detour.

Waynesboro
Route 340 – Replacing bridge over South River. Road closed between Constitution Park and East Avenue. Through traffic will use Broad Street (Route 250) as detour.

Westmoreland County
Route 205 – Replacing bridge on James Monroe Highway over Mattox Creek. Temporary signals directing single traffic lane on bridge.

Wythe County
I-77/I-81 overlap – High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch. Be alert for delays on northbound I-77 at the I-81 merge.