TRAFFIC ALERT: Rush Hour Delays Along 288S

Posted at 4:29 PM, Apr 11, 2013

288closurethursdayCHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR)–VDOT announced that the right lane is closed on Route 288 south at Courthouse Road as the fire department continues activities associated with yesterday’s brush fire.

There is a two mile backup, according to VDOT. Chesterfield Fire Department Lt. Jason Elmore said small flare-ups are expected across the burn zone and that crews will monitor conditions throughout the day.

Expect delays through rush hour and plan accordingly. One route Raymond Hawkes – WTVR CBS 6 traffic reporter recommends taking is Hull Street to Genito Road, which runs into Courthouse Road.

He will have more updates on CBS6 News at 5 p.m. to help you beat the traffic.

Officials warned folks not to start burn piles since hot temperatures and low humidity, paired with high winds, could fuel blazes and cause them to spread very quickly.

Chesterfield fire officials urged residents not to do any burning and to make sure to throw away smoking materials in approved containers and not to toss cigarette butts from vehicles or put them out on the ground.          

Chesterfield firefighters and forestry officials tapped every resource on Wednesday after they eworked at a feverish pace to keep the fire from swallowing homes off Courthouse Road and crossing 288 to a nearby business park.