Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Aug. 29, 2011
STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND CLEANUP CONTINUES
Most Richmond area roads are passable
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Since 4 a.m. yesterday, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employee and contractor crews have worked tirelessly to clear trees and storm debris from Richmond area roads. Most routes are passable with the exception of some primary and secondary routes where power lines are tangled in downed trees. In those instances, VDOT is coordinating with Dominion Virginia Power to remove the power lines so the trees can be safely moved out of the travel lanes.
Crews are also removing vegetative debris such as trees, branches and leaves on state-maintained right of way along interstates, primary routes and high volume secondary routes in the 14-county region. Vegetative debris removal along low volume secondary routes and neighborhood streets will be picked up later this week. To maintain road drainage, residents are discouraged from placing debris in ditches or in front of storm drains. Residents are advised to contact their local government for information about disposal of non-vegetative items such as household, construction or hazardous materials.
VDOT damage assessment teams are currently surveying state-maintained infrastructures in the 14-county region. Storm-related damage to roads, guardrails, drainage pipes, bridges and other structures will be repaired based on priority.
Traffic signal crews have completed repairs to signals damaged by the storm. Many existing signal outages are the result of a power loss. If a traffic signal is out, state law requires drivers to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
Contractors will resume paving activities on I-64 and I-95 once power is restored to the local asphalt plants. Other planned construction and maintenance activities will resume as crews are available, weather permitting.
Even though crews are actively clearing roads, people are encouraged to call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) to report downed trees, flooding and road hazards. Agents are available 24 hours a day to answer customer questions and submit road maintenance requests.
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.
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