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Sept. 13, 2018
VDOT HAMPTON ROADS READY FOR HURRICANE IMPACTS
VDOT continues to monitor weather with crews at the ready
SUFFOLK – While landfall of Hurricane Florence is imminent along the North Carolina coast, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District remains vigilant as staff continue to monitor the outlying weather impacts for our region. VDOT crews continue to clear drains and roads ahead of the storm, and will be ready to deploy as conditions warrant throughout the duration of the weather event.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is running under normal operations at this time but is anticipating a reduction in service and potential shutdowns due to high tides forecast over the coming days. Starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, the Ferry will reduce service to run only the largest ferry vessel, Pocahontas, through Sunday, September 16.
Complete suspension of ferry service is possible during times of peak high tide on Friday (estimated 3-6 p.m.) and Saturday (estimated 4-5 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.). VDOT will announce any stoppages. The public can also call 1-800-VA-Ferry/1-800-823-3779 for operational status.
All major Hampton Roads tunnels and bridges maintained by VDOT remain open, with no plans to the close them at this time. VDOT will close bridges, ramps or roads only when there is imminent danger to public safety, such as high water, structural damage or downed trees and debris blocking the roadway. There are no set wind restrictions to vehicular traffic at any of the VDOT-operated bridges in Hampton Roads.
Motorists are encouraged to limit their travel through the weekend, and to please stay aware and ready for changing conditions. Road conditions can be monitored in real-time through the free VDOT 511 tools, including the 511VA mobile app and www.511Virginia.org site. Residents may report any problems such as flooding, downed trees, or road hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL REMINDERS:
- There will be no interstate lane reversals taking place in Hampton Roads.
- There are no plans to close the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel or the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel at this time.
- All scheduled lane closures have been suspended until further notice on Interstate 64 and Interstate 664, as well as Routes 17, 58, 13, 460, and 60 in the Hampton Roads area.
- All HOV restrictions remain lifted on all Hampton Roads interstates until further notice.
- Toll operations remain suspended on the 64 Express Lanes and the George P. Coleman Bridge until further notice.
- Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511, visiting www.511virginia.org or downloading the free mobile app at the 511 website.
- Follow @VaDOTHR on Twitter for immediate updates during the storm.
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