Transportation crews gear up for Arthur’s arrival

Virginia Department of Transportation. (Courtesy www.virginiadot.org)
Virginia Department of Transportation. (Courtesy www.virginiadot.org)

(WAVY) – Transportation crews in Virginia and North Carolina are gearing up for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has equipment and crews in place along the coast. Specifically in the Outer Banks, NCDOT has about two dozen motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in the Buxton, Ocracoke, Pea Island and Kitty Hawk areas.

If needed, additional crews can come in from other parts of the state.

“Safety is always our top priority, and we urge everyone to stay off the roads both during and after the storm so that we can work as quickly as possible to clear them,” Secretary Tata said. “We will continue to monitor conditions, and our crews are prepared to work around the clock to respond as necessary.”

The Virginia Department of Transportation said crews were out inspecting and cleaning storm water drain systems, as well as testing the tide and hurricane gates. Tree removal services are on alert throughout Hampton Roads and emergency supplies have already been deployed to remote locations.

VDOT has increased Safety Service Patrol teams and put heavy trucks/wreckers on standby as well as increased the availability of ferries.

Elizabeth River Tunnels will monitor conditions at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels. Contractors for the project are working to prepare the construction sites for the storm.

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