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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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