Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Oct. 11, 2018
FLOODING CONTINUES TO IMPACT TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE REGION TONIGHT
Drivers should plan to check Virginia 511 before their Friday morning commute
SALEM – Throughout the afternoon and evening, crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have been responding to the immediate concerns of downed trees, mudslides and high water throughout southwestern Virginia. Crews will continue to monitor roadways overnight.
As of 10 p.m., roads in all 12 counties of the district have been affected by the heavy rainfall resulting in numerous closures of primary and secondary roads today. Some of the primary roads affected include portions of Interstate 81, Route 220 through Roanoke and Franklin County, Route 419 in Roanoke, Route 58 in Patrick County and Route 57 in Henry County.
As streams and rivers swell and water recedes, conditions will continue to change, so motorists should drive with caution and check the latest road conditions before travelling tomorrow morning.
The most up-to-date information about flooded roads is available at www.511Virginia.org. To access the list of flooded roads, look for the text views section of the site and search under road conditions.
VDOT encourages motorists to stay off the roads tonight, if possible, and not to drive through ponding water or around barricades.
As water recedes, VDOT will inspect structures and roadways before they can reopen or be repaired. Some roads may require lengthy closures depending on the extent of damage and how soon repairs can be completed.
To report downed trees or debris on state maintained roads, citizens can contact VDOT’s customer service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD. For emergencies, dial 911.
Follow us on Twitter at @VaDOTSalem and @511southwestva for the latest updates on road conditions.
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