VDOT: Most Interstates Clear

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Release from Virginia Department of Transportation:

RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation
(VDOT) crews and its contractors continue to monitor and treat state-maintained
routes this morning.

As of 6:30 a.m., most interstates
are clear with many primary roads in minor condition and secondary roads in
minor to moderate condition.

This morning drivers are still
cautioned to be alert to roads that may have become icy as temperatures dropped
overnight. Black ice is possible, especially near bridges, ramps and
overpasses.

Commuters should monitor forecasts and check road
conditions before heading out. Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org before you travel for
the latest road and traffic conditions.

Elizabeth River crossings (ERC), VDOT's private partner that
maintains and operates the midtown and downtown tunnels connecting Norfolk and
Portsmouth, is preparing to close the midtown tunnel, route 58, due to projected
high tides.

Expected tide levels for Thursday morning, combined with high
winds and residual water could require crews at the Midtown Tunnel to lower the
tide gate in order to prevent its flooding. The next high tide cycle will be at
6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. ERC crews will remain on standby to lower the tide
gate ahead of high tide if flood conditions become likely.

Drivers are encouraged to monitor conditions through the
media, and if the Midtown Tunnel closes, use alternate routes and expect delays
in Norfolk and Portsmouth.

For more information about
conditions across the state, visit VDOT's website (http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/news_from_vdot.asp), visit the 511 website (www.511Virginia.org), or call 511.

Citizens are reminded that they
can report downed trees or other maintenance issues by calling VDOT's Customer
Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).

VDOT reminds motorists to always use caution when driving
during winter weather.

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