The Virginia Department of Transportation has announced it will pause highway construction during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Lane closures will be lifted from noon Friday, May 23 until noon Tuesday, May 27.

For up-to-date traffic information, check VDOT's free 511 app or the 511 Virginia website.

Here's the information for local roads:


Interstate 581 and Route 220: Improving Elm Avenue interchange. Barriers in place on I-581/Route 220 both directions to reduce traffic under Elm Avenue bridge to two lanes. Traffic on Elm Avenue shifted to south side of bridge. Changing traffic patterns.

Roanoke County

Route 11/460: Widening West Main Street to four lanes from Salem city limits to Route 830 (Technology Drive). Expect changing traffic patterns. Speed limit 35 mph.

Wythe County

Interstate 77/Interstate 81 overlap: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch of interstate. Be alert to delays on northbound I-77 at the I-81 merge.

Here's the full press release from VDOT:

Use 511 Virginia, travel-trend maps to plan your trip and avoid delays
RICHMOND ? Construction and maintenance work on most Virginia interstates and highways will pause during the Memorial Day holiday weekend to keep travel lanes open and traffic flowing.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lift lane closures from noon Friday, May 23, until noon Tuesday, May 27.

Travel-Trend Map Shows When, Where to Avoid Peak Congestion

If you plan to use Virginia’s interstates during the long Memorial Day weekend this year, travel patterns for the holiday for the past three years are available online to help motorists plan their departure and arrival times.

VDOT has posted travel-trend maps, with a version designed specifically for mobile devices, showing peak congestion periods from the 2011-2013 Memorial Day weekends

These maps can be found at

The maps indicate varying amounts of interstate traffic by time of day, using red for heavy congestion, yellow for moderate congestion and green for little or no congestion.

To use the map, slide the button along the date bar at the top of the map to update predicted traffic information at half-hour intervals between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for each day. You also can zoom and pan to specific areas of the state.

While this information indicates trends for delays during the most recent Memorial Day holiday weekends, it cannot precisely predict congestion levels for this year’s travel period.

511 Virginia

For real-time traffic information during the Memorial Day weekend or any time, motorists should use 511 Virginia.

You can “know before you go” by getting up-to-the-minute information on traffic incidents and congestion on major Virginia roads by using VDOT’s free mobile 511 app or the 511 Virginia website and phone system.

511 Virginia allows users to view real-time traffic cameras and see estimated travel times, electronic message signs and traffic maps, which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.

Driver Safety Tips
VDOT encourages all motorists to prevent highway crashes by following these five safety tips while driving:
Buckle up
Avoid distractions
Share the road
Drive drug- and alcohol-free
Obey speed limits
Reach the Beach