VDOT News - Richmond
Bob Spieldenner 804-524-6179
Oct. 12, 2018
TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL RECOVERY UPDATE
Two hundred roads remain closed in the region
South Chesterfield – Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue recovery operations from the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael.
Approximately 200 roads in the Richmond District are closed due to flooding or downed trees/power lines and repairs at some locations may be lengthy. VDOT crews are working closely with utility crews to clear downed power lines.
The following roads have been washed out and will require extensive repairs. Damage assessments are still underway and the number of damaged roads is expected to increase:
- Selma Rd. (Rt. 657) over Walnut Branch in Amelia County.
- Mt. Herman Rd. (Rt. 606) over Otterdale Branch in Chesterfield County.
- Jennifer Creek Ln. (Rt. 691) over Big Juniper Creek in Lunenburg County.
- Cary Shop Rd. (Rt. 624) over Horsepen Branch in Nottoway County.
- Bethel Church Rd. (Rt. 625) over Nottoway River in Nottoway County.
- Jonesboro Church Rd. (Rt. 645) over the Camp Pickett Lake in Nottoway County.
- Petersburg Rd. (Rt. 603) over Butterwood Creek in Powhatan County.
Many roads will remain closed until flooding subsides. Roads and bridges that were flooded must be inspected before being opened to the public.
Motorists are encouraged to check road conditions before traveling and take the following precautions:
- If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
- 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.
Anyone can report downed trees or high water by calling VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
For the latest real-time traffic information or road conditions, call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org.
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