VDOT re launches patrol service for Richmond area Interstates

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Safety Services Patrol is coming back to Richmond Roadways. We're told 12 crews will roam the interstates in search of motorists who need help.

Starting March 5, patrols will monitor the following routes from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • I-95 between Maury Street in Richmond and Route 606/Thornburg  in Spotsylvania County – this connects with the existing I-95 Safety Service Patrol in Fredericksburg and northern Virginia;
  • I-64 on the west end between I-95 in Richmond and Route 623/Rockville in Goochland County; and
  • I-295 in Henrico County between the I-95 interchange and the I-64 interchange east of Richmond.

VDOT officials hope the Safety Service Patrol will cut back on back-ups and hazards on area interstates and keep traffic moving.

The patrol will drive some of the busiest sections of the interstate looking to help motorists. Thus, closer to the scene when big problems occur, whether it be a flat tire or a major accident.

This isn't the first time the Richmond Metro Area has seen this service. It was actually initiated a couple of years ago and then eliminated after only 9 months because of a tight budget. Now, VDOT says they have a little bit more cash to spend and they're going to try the service again, for a price of about $2 million this year.

"VDOT has had an infusion of funds recently and so we were able to look at our program and see, ok where can we make some safety improvements that will dramatically help drivers and this was one we thought would be very beneficial," Dawn Eischen with VDOT told our cameras.

They say they hope it helps your wallet too.

"The greater savings is to drivers. By drivers not having to sit in traffic as long or wait for a traffic incident to clear, that will save them time and money," said Eischen.

The trucks will be white with a VDOT logo.

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