LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Oct. 29, 2012
STORM UPDATE (10:30 A.M.): HIGH WATER BLOCKS PORTIONS OF ROUTE 17 IN ESSEX COUNTY, NORRIS BRIDGE AT WHITE STONE POSTED FOR HIGH WINDS
Anticipate conditions to deteriorate throughout the district today
FREDERICKSBURG— Heavy rain and high winds impact the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions. The Fredericksburg region braces for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Portions of Route 17, just north of Tappahannock, in Essex County has water partially blocking the travel lanes. The locations are on Route 17 north at June Parker Marina and Route 17 south at Mt. Landing Creek.
In the event that the water completely blocks the travel lanes at either location, VDOT and local law enforcement are working together to develop a plan to safely shift traffic to the open travel lanes. All traffic will be shifted to the southbound lanes at June Parker Marina and to the northbound lanes at Mt. Landing Creek.
Motorists are reminded that Route 17 is a primary evacuation route for the Hampton Roads area and the Middle Peninsula and consider Route 360 as an alternate route.
Crews are also monitoring wind speeds at the Norris Bridge located on Route 3 between Middlesex and Lancaster counties and at the Downing Bridge located on Route 360 between Essex and Richmond counties. The Norris Bridge currently has a high wind advisory in place with wind speeds reported at 18-20 miles per hour sustained.
The Downing Bridge is open to traffic and there are no travel advisories in place.
Both structures will be closed to traffic if the wind speeds reach 50 mph sustained.
Several other secondary routes in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions have also been closed due to the high water. Click here for a complete list of those road closings and high water advisories in Essex, Mathews, Lancaster, Gloucester, King William, Northumberland and Richmond County. Crews are also monitoring conditions on River Road and Harrell in Stafford County.
It is forecasted that conditions will deteriorate throughout the 14-county Fredericksburg District as the day progresses. More than 180 VDOT employees are mobilized and prepared to respond to the storm. Motorists are urged to keep an eye on changing weather conditions in their area.
Motorists are encouraged to delay travel at the height of the storm, if possible. If travel cannot be avoided, motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed especially when driving through standing water; avoid traveling on roads that have been posted as closed and be alert to traffic signal outages. Motorists are reminded that when approaching a signalized intersection and the signal is out or flashing, the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.
For more inclement weather driving tips and storm preparation visit www.virginiadot.org
More Information Resources
Ø Get the latest road conditions in the 14-county Fredericksburg District or anywhere in Virginia, Call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.
Ø Report downed trees, hazardous road conditions or talk to a customer service representative – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
Ø VDOT’s Facebook page will also be updated throughout the storm. https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford (Fredericksburg area); Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties (Northern Neck area); Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties (Middle Peninsula).
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