VDOT testing tide gates in anticipation of hurricane
The Virginia Department of Transportation began testing the tide gates at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Midtown Tunnel in the early morning, Friday, Aug. 26.
The tests are part of the state’s efforts to ensure hurricane preparedness. Weather conditions are not expected to become dangerous; however, VDOT is making sure that crews and equipment are prepared for the worst case scenario.
“We are testing the flood gates to make sure they are functioning properly in concert with our personnel and equipment in the event of a disaster,” said Dwayne K. Cook, eastern regional operations director for VDOT. “We are taking this very seriously because we have a responsibility to the citizens of the commonwealth.”
During testing there may be delays at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Midtown Tunnel. VDOT suggests motorist use the I-264 Downtown Tunnel and the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac-Memorial Bridge Tunnel to avoid delays. Information on road closures can be found at www.virginiaDOT.org.
VDOT has also suspended the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry earlier than expected. As of 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, the ferry is no longer running. Services will resume once crews determine it is safe to do so. For information on ferry services, call 1-800-VA-Ferry.
VDOT is watching Hurricane Irene carefully and is in close communication with the National Hurricane Center. For the latest information on road closures and how the storm is affecting transportation, visit its website or tune into 610 AM.