Newport News city offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
Chesapeake, Va. – VDOT will suspend its weeknight closures on the Gilmerton Bridge (Route 13/Military Highway) in Chesapeake on Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, to accommodate Labor Day travelers.
The Gilmerton Bridge will resume its weeknight closure at 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 3-5, 2013, and will reopen each morning at 5 a.m.
Motorists are encouraged to use the Interstate 64 High Rise Bridge as an alternate route. In addition, the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in Chesapeake can be used as a tolled alternate route.
General information about the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project can be found at http://www.GilmertonBridge.org. For current traffic and travel information, motorists can visit http://www.va511.org, call 511, or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM.
Due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 2, 2013, most City offices will be closed. Monday’s garbage and recycling route will be collected on Tuesday, September 3.
Portsmouth – No Garbage, Recycling or Bulk Collection on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2)
Message from Virginia State Police
As part of the Labor Day interstate safety efforts, Virginia State Police will be increasing patrols and targeting motorists who drive aggressively, impaired or recklessly. This year, the concentrated enforcement campaign begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, and concludes at midnight Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
The concentrated enforcement effort is part of Virginia State Police’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E., a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failure to use seatbelts. In 2012, Virginia State Police arrested statewide 112 drunk drivers as a result of the four-day Labor Day weekend. Troopers cited 8,274 speeders and 2,464 reckless drivers. They also issued 719 citations for adults who failed to buckle up, and 253 tickets to adults who failed to properly secure a child/infant in a car seat. Additionally, state police investigated 731 crashes statewide.
Red Cross Statement on Labor Day
Many people view Labor Day as the end of summer and their last chance to travel, hit the beach and fire up the grill. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
“While many people will spend the Labor Day weekend traveling and spending time with family and friends, no one should take a vacation from safety,” said Autum Mihm, Communications Director for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross. “It’s still important that people work to remain vigilant on the road, at the beach and at cookouts.”
ABC Stores Will Be Open Until 6 p.m. on Labor Day
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores will be open until 6 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. ABC currently operates 344 stores.
On Labor Day, Monday, HRT’s buses, Ferry and The Tide will operate on a Saturday schedule. Have a great and safe holiday weekend! – HRT