HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Officials across the region are gearing up for this weekend, as friends and family look to try to enjoy the unofficial last summer holiday.
Labor Day Weekend 2016 could be hampered a bit by Tropical Storm Hermine, which is threatening to strike the east coast. The storm could bring heavy rain and winds to the Hampton Roads area Friday and on into Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday issued Port Condition X-Ray for all waterways in the Captain of the Port North Carolina zone, advising pleasure craft to seek safe harbor.
Local Coast Guard crews gave boating advice on Wednesday ahead of this weekend.
The advice included basic approaches, such as check the forecast before going out, and more technical measures, like filing a float plan.
Law enforcement agencies are also advising holiday travelers on how to safely enjoy Labor Day Weekend.
Virginia Beach Police say this weekend is one of the deadliest for crashes, noting that Virginia had 16 fatal crashes during the four-day span in 2015.
The Department on Tuesday provided a list of ways motorists can avoid serious or fatal crashes:
- Avoiding drinking and driving and driving after drinking.
- Everyone in the vehicle wearing their seat belt.
- Keep children safe in and around your car by making sure booster seats are properly secured and watching for children playing around the street.
Beach police officers will be out in increased numbers for traffic safety checkpoints and extra patrols.
Chesapeake police and North Carolina law enforcement — including the Camden County Sheriff’s Office — are conducting traffic safety checkpoints at border areas between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Thursday.
The checkpoints are taking place on U.S. Route 17 to promote safe driving.
Those looking at making a trip to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, VDOT is encouraging motorists to use Route 460 instead of Interstate 64 due to the ongoing widening project.
VDOT officials also say most major work zones will be suspended from noon on Friday, Sept. 2, until noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Check the WAVY Traffic Cameras to see the latest traffic flow in your area.
Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it will have special hours this weekend, with stores staying open until 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Weekend hours for their stores will remain the same.
Virginia ABC is encouraging people to “enjoy their spirits responsibly” and to avoid drinking and driving.
Cities across Hampton Roads are issuing notices for closures of government offices and hours for public parks, beaches and pools ahead of the holiday. Check the full list of closures below:
Stay with WAVY News 10 for the latest updates on closures and information for this Labor Day Weekend.