Shellee Casiello (757) 332-1008 (cell)
Jan. 28, 2014
VDOT MOBILIZES AS THE WINTER STORM BEGINS
Motorists are urged to be alert to weather conditions
HAMPTON ROADS —In anticipation of the winter weather effecting Hampton Roads today, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has taken proactive measures by pre-treating interstate and primary roads prior to the rush hour traffic on Tuesday morning.
VDOT crews will be mobilized in the Hampton Roads region by early afternoon to treat and plow roads once there is accumulation.
Hampton Roads currently has over 350 pieces of equipment to treat and plow snow. VDOT resources have been increased in the Southside as heavier precipitation is expected in that area.
VDOT crews throughout the state have also provided over 60 pieces of equipment for snow and ice removal needs in the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
During this weather event, VDOT’s priorities in the Hampton Roads area will be to treat the interstates, then move efforts to high volume primary and secondary roads while also supporting the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Snow and ice removal operations will be augmented as the weather changes.
The Hampton Roads District consists of nine counties and 11 cities, from Greensville in the west to James City in the north to Accomack in the northeast and Virginia Beach in the southeast. This includes more than 160 miles of interstates and over 730 miles of primary roads, almost 4,000 miles of secondary roads and over 4,700 miles of urban roads.
Motorists are advised to be alert to weather and road conditions by visiting www.511virginia.org, calling 511, downloading Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listening to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or calling the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016. Information is also available on Twitter @VaDOTHR.
For more information on winter travel, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
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