Ron Watrous 757-925-1660


July 3, 2014


SUFFOLK—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for Hurricane Arthur, in addition to being ready for one of the year’s busiest travel weeks.

The state agency began preparing its crews and facilities for potential hurricane conditions in May, at the onset of the traditional hurricane season, and as early as Monday, crews were inspecting and cleaning storm water drain systems, and testing the tide and hurricane gates. Additionally, the agency has ensured that all equipment, response gear and generators are in good condition, there is ample fuel and tree removal services are on alert throughout the Hampton Roads District. VDOT has also deployed additional emergency supplies to remote locations that include chain saws, water pumps, signage and other response gear.

The Department is taking further steps to ensure that the roadways are safe for travel which include: increased Safety Service Patrol (SSP) teams, additional heavy trucks/wreckers on standby and increased availability of ferry boats.
To help keep traffic moving during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, VDOT will lift lane closures on most interstates and highways in Virginia from noon Thursday July 3, until noon Monday, July 7.

Motorists are encouraged to visit, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. Information is also available on Twitter @VaDOTHR.


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