PIO Incident Command 757-424-6754, Oct. 29, 2012 (7 a.m.)
Brooke Grow 757-376-7394, firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional condition updates
Motorists should use extreme caution when driving
HAMPTON ROADS – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) would like to alert residents to road, facility and bridge impacts as the effects of Hurricane Sandy increase:
- The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions in Hampton Roads will be lifted today, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 during the morning rush hour. However, if the area experiences sustained winds of 39 mph, motorists will not have access to the HOV Reversible Roadway. All gates will be closed until the severe weather passes. The HOV Diamond Lanes will not be affected by the closure.
- The Midtown Tunnel remains open in both directions this morning however, travel speeds are now being regulated for safety with a pilot vehicle leading motorists through the tunnel in each direction.
- Currently, The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) remains open. Crews remain in place at the facility and are making preparations should the expected high tide require the facility to close.
- The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry (JSF) resumed service at 3 a.m., today, Oct. 29, 2012, and the Pocahontas will rununtil further notice. The operating ferry will depart the Surry dock on the hour and the Jamestown dock on the half hour.
- Crews will close the Route 175 Causeway to Chincoteague at 7:15 a.m. due to standing water causing dangerous driving conditions on the roadway.
- The Interstate 264 east off ramp to Campostella is closed due to high water on the city streets.
- The Interstate 64 west off ramp to 15th view is closed due to high water on the city streets.
- The Interstate 264 east off ramp to Tidewater Drive is closed due to high water on the city streets.
- In rural areas throughout the district, many secondary roads continue to be affected by tidal influences with minor roadway flooding.
- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel remains at level 4 wind restrictions.
For a full list of road closures and conditions, click http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions
Message to Motorists:
- Limit travel during the storm.
- Report downed trees or hazardous road conditions – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
- Be in the know before you go. Visit www.511virginia.org, call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.