VDOT: Crews ready for Hurricane Irene

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says its crews are ready for Hurricane Irene.

VDOT said Wednesday in a news release that crews have practiced for hurricane conditions during drills and training simulations. Many have worked during previous hurricanes.

Their duties after a hurricane include removing debris and downed trees from roadways, setting up traffic control and detours and making emergency repairs to damaged roads and bridges.

Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday. The projected path has gradually shifted to the east and Irene could make landfall anywhere from South Carolina to Massachusetts over the weekend.

VDOT emergency response: