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Feb. 11, 2018

Heavy rain causing flooding on Rt. 3

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has closed the left and center lanes on westbound Route 3 (Plank Road) near Gordon Road due to flooding. 

Motorists should anticipate delays with traffic down to a single, westbound lane on Route 3. 

Heavy rain in the area has caused flooding on Route 3. There are also several reports of high water and ponding on area roadways in the Fredericksburg area. 

Crews are monitoring weather and road conditions in the 14-county Fredericksburg District for high water and potential flooding. 

Drivers could encounter roads and standing water in coastal and low-lying areas. 

VDOT crews are prepared to respond to other flooded roads and to post detour routes as needed.

Motorist Driving Tips

Drivers should use caution while traveling through low-lying areas or on roads that are prone to flooding.

  • Just like in winter weather, try to keep a little more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Four to five seconds is a good rule. • Watch for debris in the roadway, such as downed trees or limbs. • Watch and be prepared for spray from larger vehicles like trucks. • Never drive through standing water. This could cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. • If you come across a flooded road that has not been barricaded, turn around and use an alternate route. There is no way to tell if flooded roads have been washed out by swift-moving waters. • Do not try to move or drive around a barricade. • If you come across a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Stay away and contact your local authorities.

To report debris or a roadway hazard, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).


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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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