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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Oct. 11, 2018
TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL TO AFFECT TRAVEL IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Starting this afternoon, motorists should be prepared for reduced visibility due to heavy rain, and remain vigilant for debris, downed trees, standing water and other roadway hazards
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. ⸺ Motorists in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula should plan to use caution if traveling between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, as road conditions may quickly become hazardous due to heavy rain, flooding and high winds expected to accompany Tropical Storm Michael.
Before starting a trip, travelers can check 511Virginia to see a list of real-time road conditions. 511Virginia will report state-maintained roads partially or completely blocked due to flooding, debris, downed utility lines or other safety hazards.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to respond to any unsafe road conditions that develop. Area Headquarters locations across the district will be staffed overnight so crews can quickly remove downed trees and post warning signs for flooded and closed roads.
Construction projects have been inspected to secure barrels, equipment and materials.
Travelers are advised to allow extra travel time, reduce their vehicle speed, and increase following distance between vehicles to improve reaction time.
Additional travel tips:
- 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.
- 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!
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.
- Follow proper procedure when a traffic signal is completely dark, or flashing
- Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the law.
- 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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.