Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Aug. 27, 2011
MORE DOWNED TREES EXPECTED AS STORM MOVES THROUGH RICHMOND
VDOT crews to work throughout the night to clear roads
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Drivers can expect dangerous conditions in central Virginia as Hurricane Irene moves through the region. Trees have fallen along several routes in the Richmond area due to high wind. Conditions are not expected to improve until the effects of the storm have subsided.
VDOT crews are working as quickly as possible to clear roads of trees and debris. Like snow removal, once the interstates and high volume primary and secondary roads have been cleared, crews will move on to low volume and secondary (neighborhood) roads.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to suspend travel today and 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.
Real-time listings of road conditions in Virginia are available on VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511. Bridge and road closures, including all secondary road closures, will be listed on the website. Richmond area traffic information is also available on Twitter @511centralVA.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) is open 24 hours a day. Agents will be available to answer customer questions and record any reports of downed trees and road hazards.
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