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HRO-742

Dec. 13, 2007



HURRICANE EVACUATION GATE INSTALLATION COMPLETED ON TIME AND ON BUDGET

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has finished the second phase of installing an additional 298 hurricane evacuation gates along the entry and exit ramps of Interstates 64 and 664 to allow lanes to be reversed during an evacuation declaration by the governor.

The $5,827,900 project, which began in mid-July and wrapped up on December 8, was finished on budget and a week ahead of schedule.

Johnson Controls was awarded the project, which was funded with state and federal dollars.

The project included the installation of the gates, foundations, guard rails and traffic controls from outside Richmond to Norfolk and Virginia Beach.Hurricane gates

With the additional gates in place, the state can rapidly execute an interstate lane reversal with fewer workers.

Previously, 212 VDOT employees and contractors were needed to control the interstate ramps, compared with 141 that are currently included in the state’s evacuation plan for Hampton Roads.

The additional gates are part of a phased evacuation plan and lane reversal for Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia.

Changing the direction of traffic flow increases the capacity of the interstates for vehicles headed away from coastal areas.

Additional information on the evacuation gates is available on VDOT’s Web site at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/hurricane_gates.asp.

In 2006, the commonwealth funded a $2.88 million project to install 128 gates along I-64 East and I-664 East from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel to Interstate 295 near Richmond.

The first phase of the gate installation allowed eastbound lanes on I-64 to be closed and used for westbound traffic.

In May 2007, VDOT, along with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, State Police and National Guard, conducted a successful test of command and control communications and operational closures of the gates.

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — VDOT, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities.

Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits.

For up-to-date traffic and travel information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org, call 511 or listen to 610AM.

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