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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Kelly.Hannon@VDOT.Virginia.Gov

FRED-54044

Aug. 26, 2011



BRIDGES MAY CLOSE IN HIGH WIND CONDITIONS
Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula bridges will close to traffic when wind surpasses threshold

FREDERICKSBURG—Residents and travelers should be aware that a number of bridges in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area may temporarily close to vehicular traffic this weekend during periods of high wind expected to accompany Hurricane Irene.

 

Signs and barricades are being placed into position near bridges that may close as weather conditions change by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). VDOT personnel will test wind speeds on these structures throughout the period of severe weather. When bridges are no longer safe for the motoring public, the bridges will close to vehicular traffic.

 

Motorists are advised to follow the direction on signs and barricades, as the bridges are closed for the protection and safety of travelers.

 

Bridges will be re-opened by VDOT personnel when crossings are once again safe for travel.

Bridge closings and re-openings will be communicated through local media outlets and www.511virginia.org, VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, or by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.

The following bridges may close this weekend:

 

Coleman Bridge (Route 17), Gloucester County and York County

  • This bridge will close to vehicular traffic when sustained wind speed reaches 45 mph.

 

Harry W. Nice Bridge (Route 301), King George County

  • This bridge is under the authority of the Maryland Transportation Authority. Any closure and re-opening of this bridge will be reported on 511Virginia.

 

Lord Delaware Bridge (Route 33), King & Queen County and West Point

  • This bridge will close to vehicular traffic when sustained wind speed reaches 45 mph.

 

Lord Eltham Bridge (Route 33), New Kent County and West Point

  • This bridge will close to vehicular traffic when sustained wind speed reaches 45 mph.

 

Robert O. Norris Bridge (Route 3), Lancaster and Middlesex County

  • This bridge will close to vehicular traffic when sustained wind speed reaches 45 mph.
  • When sustained wind speed reaches 30 mph, permanent electronic message boards at the bridge will communicate a high wind advisory.

 

Bridges in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula may close due to other hazards, such as debris, downed power lines or flooding. All road and structure closings will be reported on 511Virginia.

A mobile version of the 511Virginia website, designed for handheld devices, is available at mobile511virginia.org. Remember to pull over when using your mobile phone or have another passenger use the device. Don’t drive distracted.

Information available on 511Virginia is also communicated through VDOT’s Twitter accounts, targeted for different parts of Virginia and specific interstate corridors. Visit www.VirginiaDOT.org to see a list of VDOT’s Twitter accounts and how to subscribe.

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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