Traffic Updates for Hurricane Sandy
Posted 7:27 a.m.
More than 400 Virginia Department of Transportation crewmembers have begun 12-hour shifts monitoring roadways in Northern Virginia. Our county police are monitoring roadways, as well.
As conditions in Northern Virginia will deteriorate throughout the day, drivers are asked to make every effort to be off the road. Please, get where you need to be before the weather gets bad (and plan to stay awhile!). Make every effort to be off the road during heavy rains and tropical-storm force winds.
If you are driving and encounter flooded roadways, “turn around, don’t drown.” Water may be much deeper than you think.
If you encounter traffic lights without power, drivers are reminded to obey four-way stop rules at intersections without power.
- Treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way.
- Proceed with caution only when traffic permits.
- Enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
- Watch out for and obey police officers directing traffic within intersections.
High water on roads in flood-prone areas, traffic signal outages, and road closures due to debris, downed trees and power lines are expected over the next several days.
VDOT reminds drivers:
- Slow down on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.
- Ensure vehicles have adequate fuel to complete trips during power outages.
We will post road closure updates here on this blog as we receive them. You can also get the latest road conditions at www.511virginia.org or by downloading the 511 mobile app.
View the entire list of roads closed due to the storm, sortable by county, at http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions.