I want to inform you of several VDOT alerts regarding projects that will affect traffic patterns. I encourage everyone to be careful and patient as you are driving through any work zones during the busy summer months.

1. Shorter wait times, reduced congestion, and safer traffic flow are expected for drivers on southbound Route 28 in Centreville, as VDOT has just finished extending the two left turn lanes from southbound Route 28 to eastbound I-66. The two left turn lanes are now longer by about 750 feet. More info on this project can be found at bit.ly/1p9RHwW

2. Since Friday, May 9th, and for the next three weeks, one to two lanes on westbound I-66 will be closed just west of Washington Boulevard on week nights from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m in Arlington County. The closures are needed for crews to construct a 1,600-foot-long sound wall. The work is part of the I-66 Spot 2 Improvement Project that will connect the Washington Boulevard on-ramp to the Dulles Access Road off-ramp creating a one-mile stretch of auxiliary lane to improve operations and safety on westbound I-66. More info on this project can be found at bit.ly/1m02Ek3

3. For two weeks starting May 23rd, crews will close the southbound shoulder of the Dulles Connector Road at Pimmit Run. The closure is needed to provide safe and adequate space for crews as they construct a sound wall parallel to the bridge. The closure will require buses that use the shoulder during peak hours to stay in the main travel lanes. A similar closure will be needed at this location in late August/early September and will also be announced. This work is part of the project to build sound walls along the Dulles Connector Road from Route 123 to I-66 in Fairfax County. More info on this project can be found at bit.ly/1k2Kq1Z

4. On Sunday, May 25th beginning at 8 a.m., thousands of motorcyclists will travel I-95 and I-66 to the Pentagon as part of the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride. The annual event draws motorcyclists from around the country and benefits the Rolling Thunder Charities Association which is committed to helping prisoners of war, MIA veterans, and their families. About 2,000 motorcycles will enter the northbound I-95 HOV lanes just north of Dale City in Prince William County, and another 2,000 will enter I-66 from Manassas and head east to the Pentagon. At noon riders will depart the Pentagon and ride into the District of Columbia. Overhead message signs will alert motorists to expect delays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. 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. If you plan to use Virginia’s interstates during Memorial Day weekend this year, travel patterns for the holiday for the past three years are available online at bit.ly/1jYX9mj to help motorists plan their departure and arrival times. VDOT has posted these travel-trend maps, with a version designed specifically for mobile devices, showing peak congestion periods from the 2011-2013 Memorial Day weekends.

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