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VDOT lifting lane closures, preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias

Posted at 3:58 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 23:42:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for dangerous driving conditions due to Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to impact Virginia beginning Monday evening.

Potential risks stem from forecasted heavy rainfall, flooding and damaging winds, and motorists and pedestrians are reminded to avoid areas with downed power lines, trees, and standing water.

Ahead of the storm, VDOT staff and crews are:

  • readying trucks and equipment
  • inspecting drainage facilities and clearing them, where necessary
  • planning for staff augmentation of Safety Service Patrols and Traffic Operations Centers for additional traffic monitoring, emergency response and motorist assistance capabilities along major routes
  • lifting lane closures, where possible, on major routes to keep roads clear for emergency responders
  • notifying additional debris/tree removal crews to be on standby once the storm arrives

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