Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Oct. 30, 2012
ROADS ACROSS CENTRAL VA. CLOSED DUE TO STORM
Travel remains hazardous; VDOT crews working with utility crews to clear roads
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reporting 37 secondary roads and one primary road in Central Virginia are closed at this hour due to Hurricane Sandy. Twenty-four are flooded and another 14 are impassable due to power lines that have fallen.
Route 28 in Fauquier County is among those closed due to fallen power lines; that is the only primary highway in the region closed at this hour. Both Interstate 66 and I-64 are open.
Although the wind and rain are less severe than earlier travel remains extremely hazardous due to the wind, areas of high water and the danger of trees and debris in the roads. The hazard is greatest during nighttime hours when visibility is limited. Many roads that are not closed are nevertheless hazardous due to tree limbs and other debris that has fallen into the road. VDOT continues to advise drivers across Virginia to postpone travel until after the storm has passed.
VDOT crews worked overnight across Virginia to clear debris and reopen roads. In many cases they are coordinating their work with utility crews because power lines are involved and the road cannot be reopened until those lines are removed. VDOT will continue working around the clock to reopen roads and repair damage after the storm passes.
Residents should continue to monitor local news media for the latest weather information. Anyone who must drive on Tuesday should observe the following precautions:
• Watch for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches can damage a vehicle or cause the motorist to lose control.
• Assume all fallen power lines are electrified and dangerous. Never attempt to drive across or step over downed lines.
• If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
• Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
• Expect the unexpected. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop without warning.
In addition to the real-time road conditions and weather forecasts on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org, the site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.