Conditions improving on Central Virginia roadways

Posted at 9:20 AM, Oct 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-30 09:20:19-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – VDOT crews will continue to work around the clock to clear local roads of flooding, downed trees and snow/ice.  Right now, all interstate and major roads are open.  More than 280 roads, mostly secondary roads, are closed across the state.  Virginia State Police say flooding and downed trees and debris are causing secondary road closures mostly in the northern Virginia, Staunton and eastern Virginia regions.

In Northern Virginia, HOV restrictions have been lifted on interstates 66, 95, 395 and the Dulles Toll Road.

All tunnels, water crossings, interstate highways and primary roads are open in Hampton Roads at this time. If you do have to head out; limit travel  due to flooding and debris in the road.

Here’s what you need to watch out for as you head out the door:

• If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.

• Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.

• Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety. • Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause you to lose control and hydroplane.

• Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.

• In the event of a flash flood warning for your area, seek high ground immediately.

• Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines. Contact VDOT or Dominion Virginia Power.