December 24, 2006
"This is always a busy time with travel for people every year. Folks going home to see family and friends, a lot of people have time off, especially all week long," said Lou Hatter, a VDOT spokesperson.
Traffic is going to continue to be a concern heading into 2007.
"What we just urge people to do is take plenty of time, give your self plenty of time while you're traveling," said Hatter.
There's more you can do to avoid an accident.
"Anticipate the weather, that's a big thing, weather is very changeable this time of year, we had a beautiful day today but if a front rolls in over night, it could be a completely different situation," said Hatter.
As a gift, VDOT has suspended lane closures for the holidays.
From December 23rd to December 27Th all lanes on Virginia highways will be open to traffic.
This suspension will also take place from December 30Th to January 3rd
In addition, all HOV lane restrictions will be lifted on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
"One thing they can do before they leave is check the 511 website. (www.virginia511.org) which has travel information. It also has weather information for across the state of Virginia, so anywhere you're going you can check on that," said Hatter.