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Date: August 10, 2004
Contact: Erika Ricks, (757) 424-9903
Cell: (757) 449-1775


Jeff Caldwell, (757) 925-2584
Cell: (804) 586-1446


Citizens encouraged to submit questions


VIRGINIA BEACH - The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a live online hurricane forum from the Hampton Roads Smart Traffic Center on Monday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This forum provides citizens an opportunity to submit questions to experts about transportation issues relating to hurricane events.


Logon to to access the forum, submit questions, and for information about hurricane evacuation routes and other resources.


In the event of a hurricane, the Virginia Department of Transportation offers resources that can help you during a disaster. VDOT's key role is to open roads as quickly and safely as possible after a hurricane. Other responsibilities include:


  • Setting up traffic control and detours; assisting with traffic control for evacuations
  • Removing debris and branches from roadways and coordinating clean-up with other entities, such as power companies
  • Making emergency repairs to damaged roads and bridges
  • Assessing damages and providing emergency engineering services
  • Coordinating long-term recovery to restore transportation infrastructure
  • Providing emergency plans and procedures
  • Providing back-up communications to support emergency response and recovery operations
  • Communicating road condition information to the public through the Transportation Emergency Operations Center and Public Affairs


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