LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Aug. 27, 2011
DEBRIS, FLOODING CLOSE ROADS
More than two dozen secondary roads are currently closed in the Fredericksburg District, while most primary roads remain open
FREDERICKSBURG—Flooding and high winds from Hurricane Irene have closed more than two dozen roads in the 14-county Fredericksburg District by early evening.
Most closed roads are secondary roads on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Secondary roads are closed in the counties of Essex, Gloucester, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Richmond, Stafford and Westmoreland. Roads have been closed for downed utility lines, flooding, downed trees and tree limbs, and other storm debris.
The Norris Bridge remains closed on Route 3 between Lancaster and Middlesex counties due to sustained winds of 45 mph. Route 3 is closed in Mathews County between Buckley Hall Road (Route 198) and John Clayton Memorial Highway (Route 14) due to downed utility lines.
In Essex, Route 17 is closed in several locations due to downed utility lines.
Weather conditions are expected to intensify this evening, and motorists are encouraged to postpone travel until heavy rain and high winds subside.
Nearly 300 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees are currently mobilized in the Fredericksburg District. VDOT maintenance operations teams are responding to calls for emergency assistance, and will remove obstructions to clear interstates first, followed by high-volume primary and secondary roads, and then subdivision streets.
A full list of road closures by county are available on www.511virginia.org, or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) is open 24 hours a day. Agents are available to answer customer questions and record any reports of downed trees, flooding and road hazards.
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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