VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 2:45 p.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Oct. 15, 2018
VDOT CREWS MAKE PROGRESS OPENING ROADS DAMAGED BY TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL
This afternoon, 29 state-maintained roads in Fredericksburg District remain closed; Several roads will require reconstruction or replacement of pipes and culverts
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. ⸺ Emergency repair and cleanup efforts continue by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the Fredericksburg District, where 29 state-maintained roads remain closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Michael.
Immediately following the storm on Friday morning, more than 100 roads were closed in Fredericksburg District. Since then, VDOT crews have re-opened approximately two-thirds of these closed roads.
Nearly all of the roads currently affected are located in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. VDOT crews from the Fredericksburg area, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are joining the emergency response effort in these geographic areas to repair roads and restore travel as quickly as possible for residents.
Several primary roads remain closed where a portion of the road has been washed away by flood waters. These primary roads are Route 3 in Lancaster County and Route 201 and Route 202 in Northumberland County.
Motorists are reminded to adhere to all road closed signs and barricades, and to follow the posted detour route. Roads have been closed for traveler safety.
On Route 17 at the Gloucester County and Middlesex County line, traffic is reduced to a single lane in each direction at Dragon Run. Motorists should be alert for the reduced 25 mph speed limit and temporary traffic pattern. Route 17 traffic will continue traveling over the southbound bridge until flood waters recede underneath the northbound bridge, providing enough space for crews to perform a bridge inspection.
VDOT structure and bridge engineers continue to inspect roads, culverts and bridges today with potential structural damage. In some cases, roads will require reconstruction or replacement of pipes and culverts. Emergency procurement methods will be used to expedite repair. Additional information on the construction schedule to reopen roads with significant damage will be available later this week once structure inspections are complete.
What Travelers and Residents Should Know:
- Motorists are asked to remain alert for numerous work zones and temporary lane closures in place today to repair roads, especially in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
- 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.
- 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 resumed today on the Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland County. Service will resume tomorrow on the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County on its normal Tuesday-Saturday operating schedule.
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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