VDOT continues storm response, readies for evacuees’ return

Published 11:58 am Monday, September 17, 2018


The Virginia Department of Transportation Hampton Roads District continues to monitor interstate and rural road conditions while it prepares for the return of evacuees and begins to resume normal operation of services.

All bridges, tunnels and interstates in the District remained open through the storm. As people return following the Governor’s lifting of the evacuation order for Zone A, they can check real-time road conditions on 511 Virginia via the free mobile app, the website (511virginia.org,) or by calling 511.

VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol trucks are on the interstates to help motorists with disabled vehicles and to keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible. Crews also remain ready to assist on storm response throughout the District.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is operating at a reduced capacity and plans to resume full two-boat service at about 7 a.m. after the Saturday morning high tide. The Ferry will likely need to return to reduced capacity for the Saturday afternoon high tide before resuming full two-boat service on Sunday morning.

Coleman Bridge tolling will resume at 6 a.m. Saturday.

The 64 Express Lanes between I-564 and I-264 opened to eastbound traffic at noon on Friday. Tolling on the Express Lanes will resume at its normal time at 5 a.m. Monday.

HOV restrictions will return to normal operations on Monday.

Lane closures for road work resumed at 6 p.m. Sunday.

VDOT advises motorists to monitor weather and road conditions as the remnants of Tropical Depression Florence continue to bring rain, thunderstorms and tornado threats to parts of the Commonwealth. Drivers should exercise caution as recent rain and ground saturation have resulted in flooded roads and downed trees. Motorists are particularly urged to avoid travel to and through North Carolina due to flooding affecting major routes and detours in many parts of the state.

As motorists return to the area, VDOT urges drivers to continue to take caution if driving in wind and rain:

Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the law.

Drive at a speed that enables you to stop quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.

Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.

Residents and motorists can report hazardous road conditions to VDOT’s Customer Service Center online at VirginiaDOT.org or by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623.)