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HOV Restrictions Lifted On I-66 Through Tuesday

by ARLnow.com July 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm 6,259 10 Comments

VDOT has lifted all rush hour HOV restrictions on I-66 inside the Beltway through Tuesday.

The agency says it made the decision to waive the HOV requirement today and tomorrow in order to “help ease delays on arterial routes due to signal outages.” Across Northern Virginia, VDOT says there are more than 80 traffic signals affected by power outages and about 50 roads closed due to downed power lines and trees.

Regular HOV restrictions will remain in effect on I-395 and on I-66 outside the Beltway. HOV rules on I-66 will also be waived on Wednesday due to the July 4 holiday.

Separately, the Office of Personnel Management announced today that it will extend its unscheduled leave/unscheduled telework policy through Tuesday for federal government employees affected by Friday’s storm.

  • Taylor

    Expect to hear a lot of whining Prius drivers over the next few days!

    • WeiQiang

      those are whirring Prius drivers

      • that guy

        only going to hear them if they can get over 5mph, though.

  • WeiQiang

    ahhh, I-66. nevermind.

  • Arlingtonian

    Becuase of VDOT’s decision, I-66 is going to be the world’s longest parking lot today and tomorrow. Find another route, even if the route’s traffic lights are not working.

    • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

      traffic going to be light no matter what, its summer AND 4th of july week…… downtown DC was deserted compared to normal.

      no need for alarmist talk, bro.

      • Arlingtonian

        The tourists are coming! The tourists are coming!

      • drax

        Downtown DC is deserted on July 4? Who knew?

    • Glebe Roader

      I used it westbound at 5pm yesterday (Monday). No traffic jam, no parking lot.

  • arghh

    Stand on the FFFFFFing RIGHT!!

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