VDOT crews work to remove downed trees, debris from roadways

Posted at 5:47 AM, Oct 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-30 05:47:05-04

HAMPTON ROADS – Due to strong winds generated from Hurricane Sandy, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to remove debris that requires many secondary roadways to remain closed.

Tree down in Hampton

At this time, interstate highways are passable, and primary roads are open in most areas, although motorists should use extreme caution as debris may still be in some travel lanes. A variety of secondary roads (local streets numbered 600 and above) remain blocked by fallen trees, down power lines and high water. 

Two severely impacted areas include Accomack and Northampton Counties. In these areas, the greatest amount of secondary roads remain closed due to storm surge flooding and downed trees. VDOT crews are working with A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) to clear the roadways as quickly as possible. 

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry (JSF) service has resumed normal service as of 5 a.m. For additional schedule information, visit: VDOT temporarily suspended service at 2 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, due to high winds. Motorists are encouraged to call the ferry hotline, 24-hours a day 1-800-VAFERRY for updates. 

VDOT has reinstated High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions on all area interstates this morning, Oct. 30, 2012.  

Bridge and Tunnel Information:

  • Route 17 James River Bridge-Open
    • All north— and south bound lanes on Route 17 are open to motorists.
    • Route 17 Coleman River Bridge-open
    • Route 17 Midtown Tunnel-open
    • Route 175 Chincoteague Bridge Causeway-open
    • I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) – open
    • I-64 High Rise Bridge-open
    • I-264 Downtown Tunnel-open
    • I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel-open
    • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is open with no travel restrictions. For specific information about the conditions at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, call 757-331-2960. 

For a full list of road closures and conditions, click 

Message to Motorists: 

  • Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to or download the mobile app at the 511 website. 
  • Hampton Roads area traffic updates are available around the clock, on Twitter, by following @511hamptonroads.  For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.   
  • Report downed trees, hazardous road conditions or talk to a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)