Wednesday, October 5, 2022

VDOT: Bridges, tunnels in Hampton Roads aren’t closing for storm

Inside and out of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on I-64. (Southside Daily file photo)
Inside and out of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on I-64. (WYDaily/File photo)

The Virginia Department of Transportation has been getting numerous calls from residents saying they have heard the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel or another of the region’s water crossings is scheduled to be closed in response to Hurricane Florence.

Well, that’s “fake news.”

VDOT has no plans at this time to close any of its major bridge or tunnel crossings, including the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel and the James River Bridge, according to the department.

“We appreciate your assistance in clarifying this important point with the public,” VDOT officials wrote in a news release.

VDOT closes bridges, ramps or roads only when there is imminent danger to public safety such as high water, structural damage or downed trees and debris blocking the roadway.

There are no set wind restrictions to vehicular traffic at any of the VDOT-operated bridges in Hampton Roads. Complete bridge information can be found here.

(Information on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which is not operated by VDOT, is here.)

VDOT will communicate any plans to close a bridge or tunnel through local news outlets, 511Virginia and its own social media channels, including TwitterFacebook and Nextdoor.

VDOT also isn’t planning to reverse the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 on the Peninsula.

Motorists are encouraged to limit travel during inclement weather and use the following tools provided by VDOT:

  • Residents are reminded to report any problems such as flooding, downed trees, or road hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or by visiting vdot.virginia.gov.
  • Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511,visiting 511virginia.org or downloading the free mobile app at the 511 website.
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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