VDOT prepping for Ian in the Middle Peninsula & Northern Neck: What you need to know

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VDOT is prepping for Tropical Storm Ian in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

Because the storm is forecast to bring heavy rain, which could cause flooding, especially in low-lying and coastal areas, VDOT has been inspecting and cleaning drainage structures and clearing obstructions when necessary.

Starting on Friday and continuing through early next week, VDOT will be monitoring the wind speeds at major river crossings and will have message boards in those locations that can be changed according to the conditions.

Those message boards will be located in the following locations:

  • Robert O. Norris Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster County and Middlesex County
  • Downing Bridge, which carries Route 360 over the Rappahannock River between Richmond County and the Town of Tappahannock
  • Eltham Bridge, which carries Route 30/Route 33 traffic over the Pamunkey River and connects the Town of West Point and New Kent County
  • Lord Delaware Bridge, which carries Route 33 over the Mattaponi River and connects the Town of West Point and King and Queen County
  • Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven which connects mainland Mathews County with Gwynn's Island

In these locations, a High Wind Advisory will be posted when sustained winds reach 30 mph over a period of 30 minutes or there are frequent wind gusts of 45 mph or greater.

High-profile vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks, and large vans and SUVs are advised to not cross bridges when a High Wind Advisory is posted. Trucks carrying small or empty loads may be especially at risk, the department warns.

Ferry Service in the Northern Neck

The Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County and the Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland County will operate on their normal schedules on Friday, Sept. 30, until inclement weather conditions, such as high winds and tidal flooding require suspension.

Information on the status of ferry service will be available on 511Virginia, on the Merry Point Ferry and Sunnybank Ferry websites on VirginiaDOT.org, and on ferry status signs located along roads leading to the docks.

24-hour Response

VDOT crews will be responding to travel hazards on state-maintained roads 24 hours a day as needed. Crews will remove downed trees and debris, post high water or road closed signs, and address any downed or inoperable traffic signals caused by high winds.

VDOT said emergency tree removal contractors have already been notified to be on standby.

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