Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
July 2, 2012
VDOT CREWS CLEAR ROADS IMPACTED BY THREE NIGHTS OF STORMS
Several roads closed due to downed power lines
RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to clear trees and other debris from roads across the state after three storms hit the state on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Interstate roads are clear, but approximately 325 secondary and some primary roads are impacted particularly in the Salem, Lynchburg and Bristol regions. Some sections are closed or partially blocked mainly due to downed power lines. Once utility crews remove the power lines, then VDOT can get the trees and other debris out of the way.
Motorists are urged to pay careful attention at intersections because traffic signals may have no power. About 130 traffic signals are out in the Northern Virginia region, another 20 signals are out in the Lynchburg region and signal outages are reported in central and southwestern Virginia as well. Generators are being used to keep the power going at the major signal locations and VDOT has installed stop signs at other locations.
Power at most of Virginia’s rest areas and welcome centers has been restored with a few running on generator power.
VDOT is preparing for another round of isolated and locally scattered storms this afternoon in the west and spreading eastward through the remainder of the state this evening.
For more information on road conditions and real-time traffic information, go to www.511Virginia.org. To report a road problem, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623.
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