VDOT Works to Clear Roads Following Violent Thunderstorms
The Virginia Department of Transportation is dealing with hundreds of road closures across Virginia following violent thunderstorms that downed thousands of trees and power lines on Friday night.
The NBC29 newsroom received the following release from VDOT:
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews
have been working through the weekend clearing downed trees and debris
from roads impacted by Friday night's and yesterday's storms. Nearly
250 roads are impacted statewide.
Sections are closed or partially blocked mainly due to downed power
lines. Once utility crews remove the power lines, then VDOT can get the
trees and other debris out of the way.
Interstates are clear and open. Most of the roads
impacted are secondary or neighborhood streets. The hardest hits areas
are in the Salem and Lynchburg regions.
Due to widespread power outages, many traffic signals are out, particularly in Northern Virginia.
VDOT is preparing for another round of storms,
including hail storms, later today. Storms are expected to hit the
southwestern part of the state the hardest.
For more information on road conditions and real-time traffic information, go to
www.511Virginia.org. To report a road problem, call VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623.