The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared to keep Virginia roads safe ahead of forecasted effects of Tropical Storm Isaias. Crews across the state stand ready to respond to any unsafe traveling conditions and damage resulting from the storm.
Most of the Commonwealth is expected to feel impacts of the storm beginning Monday evening. Potential risks stem from forecasted heavy rainfall, flooding and damaging winds. 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
VDOT is working closely with local and state partners ahead of the storm to plan and coordinate emergency response.
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