|IMMEDIATE - 11:10 a.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Oct. 12, 2018
VDOT CREWS RESPONDING TO ROAD DAMAGE FROM TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL
More than 100 state-maintained roads closed across 14-county Fredericksburg District;Avoid travel if possible in hardest-hit areas of Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. ⸺ More than 100 state-maintained roads are closed in the 14-county Fredericksburg District this morning due to downed trees and power lines, flooding and washouts from Tropical Storm Michael.
Motorists in the hardest-hit areas of Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula are encouraged to avoid travel today if possible to allow crews to make progress clearing hazards and debris. Crews are posting detour signs to guide motorists around road closures.
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 crews will continue working around the clock to reopen roads, and will remain at work until all roads are safe for travel. Resources are being shifted to deploy additional staff, equipment, signs and materials to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, which has the largest number of road closures in the district. Crews are being assisted by tree removal contactors to restore travel as quickly as possible.
At some locations, water must recede from the road before VDOT can fully assess the amount of repair that will be required.
What Travelers and Residents Should Know:
- 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
- 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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