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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Tina.Bundy@VDOT.virginia.gov

FRED-54055

Aug. 27, 2011



CAUTION URGED FOR MOTORISTS DURING HURRICANE IRENE
VDOT crews mobilized in Fredericksburg District early Saturday morning

FREDERICKSBURG—Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) maintenance operations teams mobilized early Saturday morning throughout the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to respond to Hurricane Irene.

 

VDOT workers and equipment are strategically positioned to provide traffic control, assist emergency responders, perform debris removal and repair traffic signals across the 14-county district as needed.

 

Area bridges may close in the Fredericksburg District on Saturday during periods of sustained winds of 45 mph or greater. VDOT is monitoring weather conditions at these facilities, and may close them to vehicular traffic for motorist safety. As a reminder, service on the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County and the Sunny Bank Ferry in Northumberland County has been suspended due to weather conditions.

 

Motorists are encouraged to avoid driving during tropical storm or hurricane weather conditions. Heavy rain, wind gusts and flooding could make travel hazardous throughout the Fredericksburg District.

 

Bridge and road closures will be reported on www.511Virginia.org, or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

 

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of road debris, downed trees or other roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

 

VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

 

 

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