LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Sept. 11, 2011
VDOT CREWS CONTINUE WORK TO OPEN ROADS
Work is ongoing Sunday to repair roadways damaged by flooding and heavy rain in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continued work on Sunday to repair 19 closed secondary routes and 1 primary route damaged by flooding in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland counties.
On Sunday afternoon, crews reported 7 closed secondary roads in Caroline, 3 closed secondary roads in King George, 1 closed secondary road in Spotsylvania, and 9 closed secondary roads in Westmoreland.
One primary road, Route 205, remains closed south of Mattox Creek in Westmoreland due to a slope failure. Motorists should use the posted detour route to avoid the closed section of Route 205 and travel between Route 3 in Oak Grove and Colonial Beach.
VDOT crews worked through the weekend to make roadways passable through temporary repairs and detour routes, restoring access for residents and emergency responders. Additional VDOT personnel are assessing roadways and structures for permanent repairs as necessary.
Work continued Sunday to open a temporary road as quickly as possible for residents living on Longwood Road (Route 624) in Westmoreland.
Longwood Road has been closed since Thursday evening after flooding damaged two pipes, and washed out a section of roadway. The temporary road will allow residents to bypass the affected section of Longwood Road and restore access to Route 3.
In Caroline, a section of Sparta Road (Route 630) and Passing Road (Route 625) will be closed for extensive repairs. VDOT anticipates five secondary roads in Caroline will re-open early this week: Old Stage Road (Route 623), Bagby Road (Route 644), Fork Bridge Road (Route 646), Burkes Bridges Road (Route 654), and Herring Creek Road (Route 693).
As roads re-open, it will be reported on www.511Virginia.org, or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of debris or other roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
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