Susan Clizbe 757-932-4483
Feb. 17, 2015
HAMPTON ROADS DISTRICT CREWS OUT IN FORCE TO CLEAR ROADS
Please limit travel today to essential
SUFFOLK – Virginia Department of Transportation crews are plowing roads and applying salt and sand across the district as a major winter storm moves across the region. After pretreating roads with brine before the storm arrived Monday, crews started plowing operations at 6 p.m. Monday and continued through the night. The storm continues to bring sleet and freezing rain across the region, making travel dangerous through the day Tuesday. Motorists are asked to limit travel today to the absolutely essential, as conditions will remain treacherous on most roadways.
At 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, 46 trucks were working on interstates on the Peninsula and 69 on the southside. Temperatures were rising on the southside, making it easier for plows to clear roads faster. In most areas, drivers can see slush or bare pavement. On the Peninsula, temperatures have not risen as quickly. Crews continue working, but progress may not be as visible on Peninsula roads. Work is also underway on primary routes throughout the District. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
VDOT asks drivers to use caution during winter weather, to slow down and allow extra time to reach their destinations, and to watch for ice, especially on ramps, bridges, overpasses, hills and curves. When you see VDOT crews clearing roads, please allow them space to get their job done, and avoid passing the trucks if at all possible.
Visit www.511virginia.org, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.
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