Tuesday, October 4, 2022

VDOT is prepared in Hampton Roads for potential Hurricane Dorian impacts

Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. For nine years, the annual survey has queried respondents, providing insight on how the region's residents view their lives and communities. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of VDOT)
Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of VDOT)

As Hurricane Dorian approaches Hampton Roads, VDOT stands ready to respond to any unsafe traveling conditions or storm damage, officials said in a news release.

Ahead of the storm, crews have been clearing drainage facilities, preparing trucks and equipment and coordinating for additional debris and tree removal crews to be on standby.

Please note the following highlights

  • VDOT is conducting tide gate testing at the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
    • Motorists traveling I-64 to the HRBT during this time should expect to be stopped for up to one hour in each direction. To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel as an alternate route.
    • Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, Wednesday, Sept. 4
      • 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. – all eastbound traffic stopped
      • 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. – all westbound traffic stopped
  • There are no plans to close any of Hampton Roads major bridge or tunnel crossings, including the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. Complete bridge information can be found here.
  • Motorists traveling I-64 westbound should expect to see slower speeds and stoppages for up to 10 minutes while crews remove a damaged sign support structure. The double right lane closure will begin east of the Greenbrier Parkway (exit 289) and extend to Indian River Road (exit 286). Work is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 3.
  • All other construction activities are dependent on weather and are subject to cancellation.
Citizens are encouraged to limit travel during inclement weather and utilize the following tools provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation:
  • Residents should 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 clicking here.
  • Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511 (dial or say nine to go straight to Hampton Roads info), clicking here or downloading the free mobile app at the 511 website.
John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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