VDOT has no plans to close any of its major bridge or tunnel crossings, for now. Here are a few other traffic updates

As Hurricane Florence approaches the coast, VDOT Hampton Roads District continues to monitor and prepare for potential weather-related impacts to local roadways and travel.

While there will be no interstate lane reversals taking place, VDOT has taken additional measures to facilitate the evacuation efforts of those traveling through and from Hampton Roads, according to a news release from the department.

 Here are the updates:

  • The suspension of scheduled lane closures continue on Interstate 64 and Interstate 664; however, VDOT has also extended these scheduled lane closure suspensions to include Routes 17, 58, 13, 460, and 60 in the Hampton Roads area. All HOV restrictions remain lifted on all Hampton Roads interstates until further notice.
  • In addition to the previously announced toll suspensions for the 64 Express Lanes, VDOT has also suspended toll operations at the George P. Coleman Bridge in York County and Gloucester until further notice.
  • The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry will continue to run until further notice.

At this time, VDOT has no plans to close any of its major bridge or tunnel crossings, including the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, officials said.

VDOT closes bridges, ramps or roads only when there is imminent danger to public safety, such as high water, structural damage or downed trees and debris blocking the roadway.

There are no set wind restrictions to vehicular traffic at any of the VDOT-operated bridges in Hampton Roads. Complete bridge information can be found here.

Motorists are encouraged to limit travel during inclement weather and utilize the following tools provided VDOT:

  • Residents are reminded to report any problems such as flooding, downed trees, or road hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or by visitingvdot.virginia.gov.
  • Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511,visiting 511virginia.orgor downloading the free mobile app at the 511 website.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.