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Aug. 27, 2011
VDOT CREWS MONITORING BRIDGE-TUNNEL FACILITIES
Storm Conditions May Trigger Closure
NORFOLK—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is monitoring weather conditions at the Midtown Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) and preparing crews for a possible closures this morning. All other bridges and tunnels are expected to remain open for traffic, though travel will become increasingly more hazardous.
“We’re watching our tunnel crossings very closely this morning,” said Dennis Heuer, VDOT’s Hampton Roads District Administrator. “We don’t plan to close area facilities unless conditions become unsafe, but our crews are on standby in case continuing tropical storm force conditions pose a threat.”
The Midtown Tunnel and the HRBT can be impacted by winds, tides, and storm surge. In the event these facilities can no longer operate safely, they may be closed to motorists until the storm has passed and are deemed safe for travel.
With current forecasted weather conditions, it is anticipated closure of the Midtown Tunnel and HRBT will be warranted this morning by 11 a.m. As conditions deteriorate or change, additional facility updates will be given. As a reminder, the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry system is suspended until after the tropical systems subsides.
Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads throughout the duration of the storm.
Call 511 or visit www.Virginia511.org for current travel conditions.
General hurricane information can be found at:
http://www.vaemergency.com or www.virginiadot.org/hurricanes
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