RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says they have made statewide preparations for inclement weather on Friday.
VDOT urges drivers to pay close attention to local weather reports and announcements from local authorities and limit travel based on conditions. VDOT says the weather could result in downed trees, downed power lines and other debris in roadways that could make them dangerous and impassable.
“VDOT’s top priority is the safety of the traveling public and the safety of our crews who will be battling the effects of Hurricane Ian,” said VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Cathy McGhee, P.E. “Our crews across the Commonwealth have worked diligently to prepare our roadways and our people for whatever this storm may bring. VDOT, along with our partners in VDEM and Virginia State Police are working to ensure our efforts are coordinated and that those impacted receive a quick and effective response.”
VDOT says crews have been prepping for the storm’s arrival by inspecting and cleaning drainage structures and clearing obstructions when needed. Wind speeds are also being monitored at VDOT for area bridges, structures and roadways.
Safe travel tips in the storm:
- Obey all road closings
- “Turn around, don’t drown” – Do not attempt to travel through flooded roadways
- VDOT says 6 inches of water is enough to knock an adult off their feet, 12 inches can move most cars
- Be alert to debris on roads
- Keep in mind high wind advisories on bridges
VDOT said in a statement to WFXR News “traffic signal crews are on standby to address downed or inoperable signals caused by high winds and emergency tree crews are on standby in case high winds lead to downed trees.”
VDOT urges the community to report any issues on road conditions to their 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov.
Check road conditions on 511 website here or right here on WFXRTV.com.