VDOT PREPARES AHEAD OF HURRICANE FLORENCE
Crews are clearing debris and drainage facilities in preparation of the storm
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD —The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing to keep Richmond area roadways and motorists safe as the potential for flooding, heavy rain, high winds and debris associated with Hurricane Florence remains high for the region.
In preparation for the storm, VDOT and maintenance contractors are:
inspecting and clearing culverts, ditches and inlets to prevent water from collecting on roadways during heavy rain
removing debris from roads and shoulders that could block drains
preparing chainsaws and equipping vehicles with necessary equipment (ropes, flashlights, flares, extra chains for chainsaws, batteries)
As the storm nears, crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts to assist emergency responders with traffic control, detours and road closures. All previously scheduled interstate lane closures, as well as closures on Route 58 and Route 460, have been lifted to assist with traffic flow.
Drivers should be prepared for limited or difficult travel later this week and following the storm. Keep the following in mind as the storm approaches:
· If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
· Never drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 website.
Report downed trees or hazardous road conditions – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.
Follow VDOT on social media – For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva on Twitter. For general information, follow VDOT’s statewide page: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT.
VDOT's mission is to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, enables easy movement of people and goods, enhances the economy and improves our quality of life.