VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
June 4, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT CREWS ENGAGED IN FLOODING RESPONSE, DEBRIS CLEANUP EFFORTS TODAY
More than 20 roads remain closed in the 14-county Fredericksburg District for high water, road damage or debris cleanup; Check 511Virginia for real-time list of affected roads
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue emergency response efforts today across the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, with more than 20 state-maintained roads closed for flooding or road damage after heavy rainfall this weekend.
As water recedes on flooded roads, crews will inspect them for damage and determine if they are safe to be re-opened to traffic.
Advisory signs are posted on roads that remain passable with caution, where water is obscuring part of a travel lane. Road closed signs and barricades are posted on roads that are completely covered by water and impassable.
Motorists are advised to follow the direction of posted signs. Drivers should never drive around or remove a barricade or road closed sign. Several inches of swiftly moving water can carry away a vehicle. Turn around, and don’t drown.
Even on roads that remain open, drivers should plan to reduce their speed to avoid the risk of hydroplaning where standing water is present.
In Stafford County, Bells Hills Road is closed to through traffic between Virginia Belle Drive and Belle Vine Lane for a slope failure that has damaged the road’s travel lanes. VDOT crews are posting detour signs to guide traffic around the closure. Message boards are being posted on Route 1 to alert travelers. The road will require extensive repair. VDOT will use emergency procurement methods to accelerate the repair and re-open the road to traffic as soon as possible. A re-opening date is not yet available.
Holly Corner Road and Raven Road in Stafford have standing water, but are passable with caution. Harrell Road, Kellogg Mill Road, and River Road remain closed due to flooding.
In Caroline County, several roads are closed for flooding, including Route 601 (Edgar Road), Route 625 (Passing Road), Route 663 (Shumans Road) and Route 630 (Sparta Road), with advisory signs posted on additional routes where there is standing water, but lanes remain passable.
Westmoreland County has five secondary roads closed for flooding this morning, including Route 601 (Kings Mill Road), Route 616 (Tavern Run Road), Route 621 (Prospect Hill Road), Route 626 (Mt. Holly Road) and Route 637 (Leedstown Road).
In King George, Route 698 (Nanzatico Lane) is passable with caution. Route 619 (Gardys Mill Road) is closed in Northumberland County.
Numerous secondary roads are currently closed in Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties.
In Essex, Route 609 (Essex Mill Road), Route 611 (Johnville Road), Route 615 (Mussel Swamp Road), Route 635 (Rose Mount Road), Route 638 (Wheatland Road), Route 639 (Walnut Shade Road), and Route 674 (Marl Bank Road) are closed for high water.
Road repairs will be required to Rose Mount Road and Walnut Shade Road as water recedes.
In King and Queen, the following routes are closed for flooding: Route 614 (Rock Springs Road), Route 615 (New Hope Road), Route 620 (Duck Pond Road), Route 625 (Byrds Mill Road), Route 628 (Pattie Swamp Road), Route 631 (Norwood Road), Route 633 (Mantua Road), Route 634 (Mt. Elba Road), and Route 649 (Kays Lane).
In King William, Route 600 (East River Road) and (West River Road), Route 605 (Old Newcastle Road), Route 608 (Hazlewood Road) and Route 629 (Jacks Creek Road) are closed for flooding.
Before starting a trip, motorists can check 511Virginia to see a real-time list of closed roads and roads that have advisory notices, but are passable with caution.
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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