Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Aug. 28, 2011
VDOT CREWS CONTINUE RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRENE AFTERMATH
Work will continue through this evening and over the next few days
RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews today focused efforts on removing debris, improving drainage, repairing roads and restoring traffic signals in areas impacted by Hurricane Irene.
As of 7 p.m., VDOT reported that 23 primary and 204 secondary roads remain closed throughout the state.
Virginia counties with the most roads closed are Brunswick, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Hanover, Richmond and Surry.
All bridges, tunnels and interstates that were closed during the last 48 hours have reopened. VDOT successfully completed tests lifts at all bridges in the Hampton Roads area today.
As soon as the storm exited and conditions allowed, VDOT crews and contractors began assessing damage, and removing trees and debris from roadways. Traffic signal crews have been busy throughout the day resetting signals as power was restored.
If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
After the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry operation was suspended on Friday, the ferry fleet was transported to safe harbor during the storm. Limited operations to include the use of one ferry boat during daylight hours only will resume tomorrow.
VDOT expects to have all ferries in operation on Tuesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard daylight hour restrictions begin 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
For an update on ferry operations, call 800-VAFERRY.
Motorists are encouraged to stay at home the remainder of today so that emergency crews can continue their efforts to ensure roads are safe for travel. VDOT is working in partnership with utility companies and emergency responders to access the affected areas and remove obstructions as quickly as possible to restore all travel lanes to service.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of road debris, downed trees, traffic signal repair requests, or other roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
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. Current road closure information can be found on the website.
Hampton Roads area traffic information is available on Twitter: @511hamptonroads. Richmond area traffic information can be found on Twitter @511centralVA. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.
Motorists are encouraged to take the following precautions:
- 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.
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.
- In the event of a flash flood warning for your area, seek high ground immediately.
- Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines. Contact VDOT or your local power company.
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