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HRO-54037

Aug. 25, 2011



I-64 WEST IS ONE OF MANY EVACUATION ROUTES
Motorists should take the evacuation route closest to their place of origin

SUFFOLK— While most Hampton Roads residents consider Interstate 64 their primary route for evacuation, it may not be the best route for many. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), along with other state agencies and local emergency responders, have developed evacuation routes that can contribute to the smooth operation of an evacuation order.

“Motorists should use the route that is closest to their place of origin,” says Stephany Hanshaw, Regional Transportation Operations Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation Hampton Roads District.  “If you live in Virginia Beach, consider taking routes west such as Route 58 or Route 460,” Hanshaw recommends.

When direction is a question, follow the blue and white evacuation signs posted along evacuation routes throughout the region.

Residents should consider taking these routes to evacuate Hampton Roads:

CHESAPEAKE:
• All individuals are encouraged to use I-64 east or I-264 west to Route 58 and Route 460 west toward Suffolk.

EASTERN SHORE:
• All residents of Northampton and Accomack counties are encouraged to use Route 13 north as an evacuation route.

HAMPTON:
• Residents are encouraged to use Route 143 west (Jefferson Ave.) or Route 60 west (Warwick Blvd.) toward Richmond.
• Residents may also use I-64 west toward Richmond.
• Langley AFB will evacuate out of their west gate toward Magruder Blvd. south, to I-64 east, and will then use Route 258 south (Mercury Blvd. to James River Bridge) to their evacuation assembly area at the Ft. Pickett Army Barracks.

JAMES CITY COUNTY:
• Residents are encouraged to use Route 17 north or Route 60 West toward Fredericksburg.
• Residents may also use I-64 west toward Richmond.

MIDDLE PENINSULA:
• Individuals residing on the Middle Peninsula are encouraged to evacuate along Route 17 north.

NEWPORT NEWS
• Residents are encouraged to use Route 143 west (Jefferson Ave.) to Route 199 (around Williamsburg), to Route 60 west
• Residents may also use Route 17/Route 258 south across the James River Bridge to Route 258/32 in Isle of Wight.
• I-64 west towards Richmond is also an option.

NORFOLK:
• Individuals residing east of I-64 are encouraged to use I-64 west toward Richmond.
• Individuals residing west of I-64 are encouraged to use I-64 east and I-264 west towards Suffolk.

NORTHERN NECK:
• Individuals residing on the Northern Neck are encouraged to evacuate toward Fredericksburg (along Route 17 north).

POQUOSON:
• Residents are encouraged to use Route 17 north toward Fredericksburg.
• Residents may also use Route 171 (Victory Blvd.) to I-64 west toward Richmond.

PORTSMOUTH:
• Individuals residing north of I-264 are encouraged to use Route 17 north to Route 258/32 south in Isle of Wight County, and Route 337 west and I-664 north to Route 17 north then to Route 10 west towards Smithfield.
• Individuals residing south of I-264 are encouraged to use Route 58 (Airline Blvd.) to Rte. 58/460 west toward Suffolk.

SUFFOLK
• Residents north of Route 125 (Kings Highway) are encouraged to use Route 17 north, to Route 258/ 32 to Route 10 west toward Smithfield.

VIRGINIA BEACH:
• Individuals residing north of I-264 are encouraged to use I-64 west toward Richmond.
• Individuals residing south of I-264 are encouraged to use I-64 east or I-264 west toward Suffolk.

YORK COUNTY:
• Residents are encouraged to use Route 17 north toward Fredericksburg.
• Residents may also use Route 171 (Victory Blvd.) to I-64 west toward Richmond.

For more information about VDOT’s hurricane preparedness efforts, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org/hurricanes .

For current travel and traffic conditions, call 511 or visit www.Virginia511.org .



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