Citizens are asked to be patient and use precaution when traveling
SUFFOLK—Almost 24-hours after Hurricane Irene swept through the area, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employee and contractor crews continue to work 12-hour shifts in order to remove debris from the region’s roadways. All bridges, interstates and state-maintained primary routes have been cleared in Hampton Roads. However, VDOT will continue its efforts in clearing secondary routes, specifically in James City County, Greensville, York and Southampton counties.
Beginning this Wednesday, August 30, VDOT will remove vegetative debris from state maintained right-of-ways in area counties. Crews will pick up trees, branches and leaves in the counties of Greensville, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and York. Debris must be placed on the roadway edge away from power lines and other utilities. VDOT will not dispose of construction, household or hazardous materials. You can find out how to dispose of these items by visiting www.VPPSA.org.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry operation has resumed service at a reduced capacity and on a limited schedule during daylight hours only until further notice. At this time, VDOT is only operating the maximum 50-vehicle capacity Williamsburg. For an update on ferry operations, call 800-VAFERRY.
Wide-spread power outages have resulted in operational malfunctions of the electronic variable message signs throughout the region’s highway network. Dominion Power is working to restore power to the affected areas, and as they make repairs sign functions will be restored.
Due to lack of power, many traffic signals also remain non-operational. Motorists are encouraged to use special caution when approaching such intersections. When nearing a signalized intersection where the signal is not operating, motorists should treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
Interstate and primary route construction activities have been suspended until Monday, August 29, 2011, at 8 p.m. VDOT is delaying non-emergency roadwork to facilitate an increase in traffic as motorists return to the Hampton Roads area.
In Southampton County, VDOT is working with local officials to monitor the Blackwater and Nottoway river levels for potential flooding. Should flooding occur, crews are on standby and have plans to put detours in place.
Even though crews are actively cleaning roads, citizens are encouraged to call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report downed trees, flooding and road hazards. Agents are available 24-hours a day to answer customer questions and record reports.
Those returning to Hampton Roads are asked to remember that a large amount of damage also occurred outside of the region and could possibly impact motorists travel back to the area. VDOT advises travelers to visit www.511Virginia.org , call 511 or the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016, or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 610 AM to learn more about road closures. Hampton Roads traffic information is also available on Twitter #511HamptonRoads.