LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Aug. 29, 2011
VDOT WORKING TO CLEAR SECONDARY ROADS
Crews continue Monday to disentangle power lines, trees toppled by Hurricane Irene
FREDERICKSBURG—Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crew members and contractors continue to work Monday to open 43 roads that remain closed in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Caroline and King George counties.
Among the 43 roads, 29 are closed for downed utility lines, 9 are closed for washout conditions, 4 are closed for fallen trees, and 1 road is closed for flooding.
VDOT continues to work alongside utility companies on roads where trees are entangled with power lines. This coordination allows VDOT to safely clear the trees and tree limbs, then re-open travel lanes for vehicles.
All primary roads are open in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. In King George, Caledon Road (Route 218) remains closed near the intersection of Dahlgren Road due to downed utility lines.
All other closures are on secondary roads. One or more secondary roads are closed in 8 of 14 counties in the Fredericksburg District: Caroline, Essex, King George, King William, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties.
The Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster and the Sunny Bank Ferry in Northumberland will return to service with normal operation hours on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
VDOT damage assessment teams responded to several locations in the Fredericksburg District today where roads are closed due to washout conditions. These locations may require additional repair beyond the immediate clearing of debris or utility lines.
Mobile work zones are underway throughout the area, and motorists should stay alert for VDOT crews and contractors, as well as debris and power lines.
VDOT traffic signal technicians are checking traffic signals for proper operation as power is restored. Any traffic signal without power should be treated as a four-way stop.
While VDOT crews are monitoring area road conditions, customers are encouraged to continue to report any trees, debris or other roadway obstructions to the Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511Virginia.org for real-time roadway and lane closures as they make travel plans, or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.
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