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Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
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RICH-1238

Oct. 29, 2012



VDOT CONTINUES TO MONITOR RICHMOND AREA ROAD CONDITIONS
Crews working around the clock to clear roads

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Rain in currently falling in the Richmond area as Hurricane Sandy moves up the eastern seaboard. Roads and bridges in the region remain clear and passable this morning. Weather forecasts indicate the heavier rainfall and high winds associated with this storm to impact the region tonight through tomorrow morning, potentially causing downed trees and road flooding. Drivers are encouraged to use caution over the next 24 hours as road conditions change, particularly in areas north and east of Richmond.

VDOT will continue to monitor road conditions and work 12-hour shifts to clear roads of trees and debris throughout the storm. 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. Widespread power line damage could cause traffic signal outages. Drivers are advised to treat those intersections as four-way stops.

Safety Service patrols will provide traffic control, assist emergency responders and motorists in distress along I-95, I-64 and I-295 around the clock for the duration of the storm.

Information Resources

Get the latest road conditions - Call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.

Report downed trees, hazardous road conditions or talk to a customer service representative – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

Find out about VDOT’s hurricane preparedness efforts – visit www.VDOT.Virginia.gov.

Richmond area traffic information is also available on Twitter @511centralVA. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.

VDOT’s Facebook page will also be updated throughout the storm. https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT.

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