Bob Spieldenner 804-524-6179
Oct. 14, 2018
TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL RECOVERY UPDATE
One hundred roads have reopened in the region
South Chesterfield – Approximately 100 roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Richmond District have reopened as crews continue recovery operations from the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael.
VDOT Crews have worked through the weekend to inspect and repair roads and bridges, however around 90 remain closed due to flooding or downed trees/power lines. Additional roads have flooded as water has moved downstream. Crews are working closely with utility companies to clear downed power lines.
The following roads have significant damage and will require extensive repairs. Damage assessments are still underway and the number of damaged roads is expected to increase. At this point, there is no estimated timeline for repairs.
- Denisville Rd. (Rt. 614) over West Creek in Amelia County.
- Soap Stone Rd. (Rt. 645) over Flat Creek in Amelia County.
- Mt. Herman Rd. (Rt. 606) over Otterdale Branch in Chesterfield County.
- County Line Rd. (Rt. 628) over North Meherrin River in Lunenburg County.
- Jennifer Creek Ln. (Rt. 691) over Big Juniper Creek in Lunenburg County.
- Germantown Rd. (Rt. 685) over Spring Creek in Lunenburg County.
- Wards Corner Rd. (Rt. 688) over Big Juniper Creek in Lunenburg County.
- Tyler Rd. (Rt. 619) near Deep Creek in Nottoway 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.
- Rocky Ford Rd. (Rt. 603) over Rocky Ford 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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