Nora Jump-Scott 757-925-3606
Hampton Roads Public Affairs 757-424-6763
Aug. 28, 2011
VDOT ASSESSING CONDITIONS SINCE FIRST LIGHT WORKING TO OPEN ROADS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
Motorists should be alert to work crews throughout the district
HAMPTON ROADS — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked overnight clearing roadways. At first light, all areas within the Hampton Roads District were assessed and crews have continued road clearing activities and additional resources have been deployed.
The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) opened this morning at 7:15 a.m. Pumps were deployed before the onset of the storm and began removing water from the roadway overnight, when rainy conditions became moderate. Pumping operations, debris removal and inspection completed the opening process.
The Route 58 Midtown Tunnel pumping operations continue this morning. The tide gates successfully held water in the open cuts of roadway leading to the tunnel. Pumps were deployed prior to the onset of the storm and have been pumping the open cuts since rain and tidal conditions improved. Crews are working to open the tunnel as soon as possible.
The Route 17 James River Bridge is open. VDOT will be performing tests lifts at all area bridges today, including the I-64 High Rise Bridge, the I-264 Berkley Bridge, the Route 17 James River Bridge and Coleman Bridge, and the Chincoteague Bridge in Accomack.
The Jamestown Scotland Ferry operation remains suspended while USCG assessments are made. The ferry fleet was moved to safe harbor prior to the storm. Upon approval by the USCG, the fleet will return and operations will continue.
Route 13 on the Eastern Shore and Route 175 on Chincoteague Island are open with minor damage from downed trees and power lines reported.
In rural areas throughout the district, many secondary roads continue to be affected by tidal influences with minor roadway flooding and debris. Primary Route 460 and Route 17 are passable; however, in some cases, the routes are down to a single lane due to roadway debris. Route 10 is impassable between Routes 638 and Route 634 in Surry, due to roadway debris including power lines and downed trees. Route 58 is open; however, motorists should be cautious of water on certain stretches of roadway.
Motorists are asked to be cautious while traveling today, being alert for crews working to clear the roadways, and for hazardous conditions that may be present.
Public information sources:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management: 1-866-782-3470 (toll free)
Current road condition information:
o Call 511 or the Hampton Roads Traffic Line at 757-361-3016
o Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
o 610 AM Highway Advisory Radio (in Hampton Roads)
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