VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 5:15 p.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321 cell
Sept. 5, 2019
HURRICANE DORIAN TO AFFECT TRAVEL IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Motorists are urged to pay close attention to local weather reports and check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions before starting a trip
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Travel in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula may quickly become difficult starting this evening due to heavy rain, flooding and high winds expected to accompany Hurricane Dorian.
Before starting a trip, travelers are urged to check 511Virginia to see a list of real-time road conditions. 511Virginia will report state-maintained roads partially or completely blocked due to flooding, debris, downed utility lines or other safety hazards. Pay close attention to local weather reports and announcements from officials before traveling.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to respond to any unsafe road conditions that develop. Area Headquarters locations will be staffed around the clock so crews can quickly remove downed trees and post warning signs for flooded and closed roads.
Additional travel tips:
- Report downed trees, tree debris, or other roadway hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov. The Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Never drive across a flooded roadway. The underlying road or bridge may be damaged or completely washed away beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles downstream. Turn around, don’t drown!
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.
- Follow proper procedure when a traffic signal is completely dark, or flashing
- Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the law.
- Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.
- If you come across a downed power line, do not try to move it. Contact your local authorities.
High Wind Advisory Notices
VDOT will monitor sustained winds on several key crossings in Fredericksburg District, including:
- Robert O. Norris Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties
- Downing Bridge, which carries Route 360 traffic over the Rappahannock River between Richmond County and the Town of Tappahannock
- Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven, which connects mainland Mathews County with Gwynn's Island
- Eltham Bridge, which carries Route 30/Route 33 traffic over the Pamunkey River and connects the Town of West Point and New Kent County
- Lord Delaware Bridge, which carries Route 33 over the Mattaponi River and connects the Town of West Point and King and Queen County
If sustained winds reach 30 mph over a period of 30 minutes, or there are frequent wind gusts of 45 mph or greater, VDOT will post a high wind advisory notice on these bridges. High-profile vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks and large vans and SUVs are advised to not cross these bridges when a high wind advisory is posted. Trucks carrying small or empty loads may be especially at risk.
When sustained winds reach 45 mph or above over a period of 15 minutes, VDOT crews will post a bridge closure notice. However, bridges will not be physically barricaded.
Notices will be posted on message boards staged at the bridges, and communicated through VDOT news releases, VDOT social media platforms, and on 511Virginia.
Service on the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County and Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland County remains suspended until further notice.
Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
Other information sources
- To reach local authorities in a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
- Statewide traffic information is also available on Twitter @511statewideVA.
- For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT on Twitter or VirginiaDOT on Facebook.
- Follow VDOT Fredericksburg District @VaDOTFRED or through our VDOT Fredericksburg District Facebook Group.
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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