Prepare for Traffic Headaches in Lynchburg This Weekend

Lynchburg, VA - Graduation weekend is upon us and you know what that means: a traffic nightmare.

Tens of thousands of people are expected Saturday for graduations at Liberty University and Lynchburg College and on Sunday at Randolph College.

Driving on Candlers Mountain Road usually isn't pleasant. The bridge construction will continue this weekend reducing all westbound traffic to one lane.

"I think it's insane. I sat on there for 25 minutes the other day just trying to get off," said Chris Bernard, a junior at Liberty University.

He's preparing for a tradition that's just as popular as graduation itself.

"I am getting out of town," Bernard said from his white pick-up truck.

Mitt Romney plus bridge work plus two large college graduations equals the perfect storm for drivers.

The Lynchburg Police Department, VDOT and Virginia State Troopers are anticipating 35,000 to 40,000 people at Liberty's commencement ceremony alone.

VDOT crews have already added extra signs, but they say be prepared to make detours.

Instead of Candlers Mountain Road, they say you should use 460 or Wards Road. The ramp behind the Applebees will also be shut down Saturday morning, so graduation traffic will be funneled to 460 east and west.

"If you can avoid the area it will be in your best interest," recommended Officer Ronnie Sitler with LPD.

Chris Bernard is headed home to Minnesota, putting another year of college and the traffic behind him.

"It's time to get out of here. It's crazy," Bernard said before pulling back onto Candlers Mountain Road.

Also, keep in mind that this weekend is also Mother's Day. So, if you are planning to head out to dinner with mom you may want to make a reservation first.