Morning Commute Slows Through June

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

April 5, 2006

If you're take Interstate 64 headed east--you may see a slower commute this morning and every morning through June at milepost 123.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is repairing the second longest bridges in our area, built in 1969.

Workers are first stripping, or milling, the top of the road. Underneath the exposed road, they can determine where reinforcing rods need to be repaired.

VDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious in work zones, especially at night. This is all a part of their Work Zone Safety Week.

To alleviate traffic, drivers will see more projects at night--which makes it even more dangerous for workers. In 2004 VDOT reported that 14 people died in Virginia's work zones.

"You don't have as much traffic at night, so you don't have the congestion or the weaving movements that you have during the day. But at night you have [low visibility], so you need to wear your safety vest, your hard hat, or anything that provides a glare for the motorists to see," Dennis Morrison of VDOT said.

Interstate 64 will be down to one lane except during evening rush hour and high travel weekends which are UVa Graduation, Memorial Day, and Easter.

VDOT asks that motorists be careful in work zone areas. When drivers see the roadwork signs, don't tailgate, and slow down. A fine in a work zone area can be up to $500.

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