VDOT Urges Drivers to Stay off Highways in Hampton Roads as Hurricane Sandy Approaches

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Car Accident Injury Lawyer

Hampton Roads residents have been urged by the Virginia Department of Transportation to keep off the roads as conditions deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Sandy on the evening of Sunday, October 28.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday all traffic lanes remain open in Hampton Roads but residents have been urged to limit their travel until the unsafe weather conditions improve, the Virginian-Pilot reported.


Conditions expected to get  worst into Sunday night, VDOT said.

“Road flooding, high winds and flying debris are expected over much of the state beginning tonight and lasting through mid-week, making for hazardous driving conditions,” a VDOT news release stated. “Weather and road conditions can change suddenly, putting motorists in a dangerous situation instantly.”

It’s advice we concur with as Virginia Beach accident injury lawyers. Flooded roads, poor visibility, high winds and slippery surfaces are a recipe for accidents.

VDOT will be monitoring roadways and will issue updates as needed. Here’s some guidance for major crossings:

Midtown Tunnel and Jamestown-Scotland Ferry – Any closure decision will be based upon the onset of tropical force winds, defined as being 39 miles-per-hour or more that are expected to worsen, current and projected rain bands, storm surge and traffic conditions. Rising tidal conditions at the Midtown Tunnel would mean the closure of the tide gate to protect the facility, preventing motorists from traveling through the tunnel.

The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the James River Bridge, the Coleman Bridge and the High Rise Bridge – Closure decisions will be based on the onset of 45 mile-per-hour winds where conditions are predicted to worsen. Rising tidal conditions may threaten the HRBT between Hampton and Norfolk, VA, at which time the facility’s tide gates will be lowered to protect the crossing, preventing motorists from traveling through the tunnel.

VDOT say if any facility cannot be operated safely, its crews will be pulled off the site and a motorists will trave at their own risk until crews can return.

VDOT information is also available by calling 511 from any telephone and online at www.511Virginia.org.

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