IAN STORM WEEKEND: Highway department reminds motorists to be careful


As the remnants of Hurricane Ian approach, the Virginia Department of Transportation is prepared to keep the region’s state-mantained roadways safe ahead of forecasted effects of the storm. 

Based on current forecasts, VDOT staff is preparing for potential risks stemming from heavy rainfall and high winds. Crews stand ready to respond to any unsafe traveling conditions and damage resulting from the storm. 

Ahead of the storm, crews have been inspecting drainage facilities and clearing them where necessary, readying trucks and equipment, and coordinating debris and tree removal crews to be on standby.

Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to avoid areas with downed power lines, trees and standing water and should limit travel based on conditions.

Residents should report any problems such as flooding, downed trees, or road hazards to VDOT’s 24- hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511 (dial or say nine to go straight to Hampton Roads info), visiting www.511virginia.org or downloading the free 511 Virginia mobile app. 511 Virginia provides real-time road conditions and interstate cameras.

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