VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 4:15 p.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
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Aug. 4, 2020
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES AFTER TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS
All primary roads are open, with around 25 secondary roads remaining closed in the district; Crews continue working this afternoon to clear downed trees
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the Fredericksburg District remain mobilized in emergency operations to remove debris from state-maintained roads blocked by damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.
Most roads remain closed for downed trees that are entangled with utility lines. VDOT crews and utility partners are working together to de-energize lines first, which then allows maintenance crews to clear tree debris from the travel lanes.
All primary roads are open in Fredericksburg District, but a total of around 25 secondary roads are closed across the district. Roads are closed in Essex, Caroline, Gloucester, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Stafford and Westmoreland counties.
Additional secondary roads are passable with caution, with travel lanes partially covered with standing water.
Today, VDOT crews are working first to reopen travel lanes and restore access for motorists. Crews will return to perform additional cleanup of storm debris along roadsides throughout the week.
What Travelers and Residents Should Know:
- Continue to report downed trees, tree debris, flooding, or other roadway hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or vdot.virginia.gov.
- If you come across a downed power line, do not try to move it. Remain at a distance and contact your local authorities.
- Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.
- If you encounter a traffic signal without power, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. If a traffic signal is flashing red, come to a complete stop, and then proceed when safe. If a traffic signal is flashing yellow, proceed with caution.
Service on the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County and Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland remains suspended until further notice. Ferry travelers can check 511Virginia for real-time service updates.
Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
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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