Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Transportation is smoothing the way for travelers by suspending highway work zones during the long Thanksgiving holiday. Starting noon Wednesday, lane closures will be lifted on most major roads in Virginia. The action is intended to ease congestion on interstates and major highways. The lifting of the lane closures will continue through noon Monday. VDOT says Thanksgiving traditionally is one of the busiest times travel times for state highways and roads. VDOT offers real-time information about traffic, incidents and congestion at Based on traffic data, the heaviest congestion during the most recent Thanksgiving holiday weeks occurred after 11 a.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.