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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Oct. 13, 2018
THIS WEEKEND, VDOT CREWS CONTINUE TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL RESPONSE TO REOPEN ROADS
Around 90 state-maintained roads remain closed in Fredericksburg District; VDOT crews from Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads join cleanup, repair effort
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. ⸺ Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to clean up, repair and inspect damage on around 90 state-maintained roads still closed in the Fredericksburg District due to damage from Tropical Storm Michael.
Resources are being shifted to deploy additional staff and equipment to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, which has the largest number of road closures in the district. VDOT crews from Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are joining the emergency response effort this weekend. VDOT crews are also being assisted by tree removal contractors, and are coordinating with utility partners where downed trees and tree limbs are entangled with power lines.
Several primary roads remain closed, including Route 3 in Lancaster County, Route 201 and Route 202 in Northumberland County, and Route 33 eastbound and Route 227 southbound in Middlesex County.
VDOT structure and bridge engineers will continue to inspect roads, culverts and bridges with potential structural damage. In some cases, roads have sustained severe damage that will require long-term repair and reconstruction.
Motorists should adhere to all road closed signs and barricades, as the road has been closed for traveler safety. Never drive across a flooded roadway. The underlying road or bridge may be damaged or completely washed away beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles downstream. Turn around, don’t drown!
VDOT crews will continue working around the clock to reopen roads, and will remain at work until all roads are safe for travel. Motorists are asked to expect the unexpected in the road ahead if traveling. Be alert for numerous work zones and temporary lane closures, especially in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
What Travelers and Residents Should Know:
- Continue to report downed trees, tree debris, or other roadway hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov. The Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take reports and answer questions.
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.
- Follow proper procedure when a traffic signal is completely dark, or flashing
- Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.
- If you come across a downed power line, do not try to move it. Contact your local authorities.
Ferry service on the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County and Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland County remains suspended until further notice.
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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