Brooke Grow 757-925-1515
Aug. 27, 2011
Crews Will Begin Assessing Damage When Tropical Storm Winds Subside
VDOT crews to work throughout the night to clear roads
VIRGINIA BEACH—As Hurricane Irene continues to batter the east coast she leaves behind a massive clean up for the Hampton Roads region. Debris litters many primary and secondary routes in the region due to high winds and heavy rainfall.
VDOT crews and contractors will begin to remove debris as soon as sustained winds subside to less than 39 mph. Once the interstates are clear, crews will move on to primary and secondary routes.
Currently, the Route 17 James River Bridge, Route 58 Midtown Tunnel and the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel remain closed to the motoring public. The James River Bridge will remain closed until winds decrease to less than 39 mph and crews are able to safely remove standing water. It is estimated that the Midtown Tunnel will remain closed until 9 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at which time crews will have had the opportunity to pump the water away from the tunnel’s tide gate. Additionally, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel should reopen to the motoring public by 9 p.m., Sunday, August 28.
The Chincoteague Causeway remains closed due to area flooding. At this time the left lane of the westbound tube of the Downtown Tunnel still has one lane blocked in order for crews to remove standing water.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to suspend travel overnight, if possible, until conditions improve.
VDOT will continue to monitor all bridges and roadways throughout the district and report closure and road blockages as this information becomes available.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) has agents available 24 hours a day to answer customer questions and record any reports of downed trees and road hazards.
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