Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Aug. 27, 2011
NORTHERN VIRGINIA MOTORISTS URGED TO DELAY TRAVEL OVERNIGHT
Some flooding reported; conditions expected to deteriorate overnight
FAIRFAX ― As the effects of Hurricane Irene continue to impact northern Virginia, drivers are encouraged to limit travel overnight. Heavy rains and high winds are expected to heighten as the storm moves through the region, limiting visibility and creating dangerous driving conditions.
Drivers are advised that the ramp from eastbound I-66 to northbound I-495 remains closed due to flooding, and multiple locations along the Capital Beltway, including the ramps to and from Routes 50 and 123, are passable but with caution due to encroaching water.
VDOT will continue to monitor road conditions and report closures and blockages as the information becomes available. For a complete listing of road closures due to flooding, downed trees and other storm issues, call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org. Click on the yellow banner from the home page for a listing by county. Northern Virginia traffic information is also available on Twitter @511northernva.
Crews will continue to work 12-hour shifts around the clock to barricade flooded roads, post detour signs, remove debris and downed trees, assist emergency responders and work closely with utility companies throughout the storm and until all roads are clear.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is also open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of road debris, downed trees or other road hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
If travel is absolutely necessary, drivers are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions, and to observe the following guidelines:
- Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.
- Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
- Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause you to lose control and hydroplane.
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.
- Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines. Contact VDOT or your local power company.
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