Evacuation Routes


 

Overview

The following traffic control plan was designed by the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Middle Peninsula: Individuals residing in the Mathews, Gloucester and Middlesex counties will evacuate along Route 17 north.

Northern Neck: Individuals residing in Northumberland, Westmoreland, Lancaster and Richmond counties will evacuate along Route 202 and 203 to Route 3 north toward Fredericksburg.

Eastern Shore: Residents of Northampton and Accomack counties will use Route 13 north as the evacuation route. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is not an evacuation route!

Hampton Roads: Because of the large population, the limited capacities and number of highways leading out of Hampton Roads, it is necessary to have a phased evacuation with assigned routes.

Poquoson and York County: All residents will use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County. Residents also may use Victory Boulevard to I-64 west toward Richmond.

 

Virginia Beach

Phase 1 evacuation, 12 hours before a storm arrives, may involve the Cities of Hampton, Poquoson, Virginia Beach and Norfolk and York County.

It is expected that evacuation notices will be issued for certain areas of Hampton, Poquoson, Virginia Beach and York County prior to other localities.

Virginia Beach Individuals residing south of I-264 and along the ocean front will use I-64 towards Suffolk. Individuals residing north of I-264 will use I-64 West toward Richmond.

 

Norfolk

Norfolk Evacuation Route

Norfolk Individuals residing east of I-64 (outside of interstate loop) will use I-64 west toward Richmond. Individuals residing west of I-64 (inside the interstate loop) will use I-64 toward Suffolk.

Hampton Individuals residing in the area of King Street and north of Pembroke Avenue will use I-64 toward Richmond. Individuals residing east of King Street and south of Pembroke Avenue (including Fort Monroe) will use Mercury Boulevard to the James River Bridge to Route 258/32 in Isle of Wight County or Route 60 west. Individuals residing north of Mercury Boulevard between King Street and Armistead Avenue (in the vicinity of Langley Air Force Base) will take Armistead Avenue to Magruder Boulevard and use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County. Langley AFB will be evacuated out of the west gate toward Magruder Boulevard - South to I-64 east to Mercury Boulevard to the James River Bridge. Individuals will follow that route to their evacuation assembly area at Fort Pickett Army Barracks.

Poquoson and York County All residents will use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County. Residents also may use Victory Boulevard to I-64 west toward Richmond.

 

Chesapeake and Portsmouth

Phase 2 evacuation, eight hours before the storm arrives, may involve the City of Newport News, the remainder of Hampton, and the Cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk. It is expected that evacuation notices will be issued for only certain areas within the above jurisdictions depending upon the situation.

Chesapeake and Portsmouth Evacuation Route

Portsmouth Individuals residing north of I-264 will use route 17 north to Route 258/32 south in Isle of Wight County; Route 337 west and I-664 north to Route 17 north, then to Route 10 west toward Smithfield. Individuals residing south of I-264 will use Airline Boulevard to Route 58/460 west toward Suffolk.

Chesapeake Residents will use I-64, I-264, I-464 or I-664 to Route 58/460 toward Suffolk.

 

Suffolk

Suffolk Evacuation Route

Suffolk Residents north of Route 125 will use Route 17 north, to Route 258/32 to Route 10 west toward Smithfield.

Newport News Residents will use Route 143 West (Jefferson Avenue) or Route 60 West (Warwick Boulevard) through Williamsburg via Route 162, Route 143, Route 132 then to Route 60 towards Richmond.

Hampton Individuals residing west of King Street and south of Mercury Boulevard will use I-64 west toward Richmond. Individuals residing west of Armistead Avenue and north of Mercury Boulevard will use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County.

 

Outer Banks

Outer Banks Evacuation Route
 

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Taken from Maps: Hurricane Evacuation Routes
The Virginian-Pilot©
August 4, 2002

Last Update: 02 June 2014