Paula Miller 757-925-1660

Jan. 13, 2015

Pretreatment of Interstates Begins Southside and on the Peninsula

SUFFOLK - In anticipation of low temperatures and wet roads, VDOT Hampton Roads has started pretreating interstates on both the Southside and Peninsula.

On the Peninsula, crews are focusing anti-icing measures on Interstate 64, including ramps and bridges.  They’ll also pretreat areas around the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge, James River Bridge and Coliseum Mall. On the Southside, they’ll focus on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and Western Freeway with a brine (high concentration salt water) solution. Spot pretreatment will also occur throughout the remainder of the Southside interstate system, including bridges. VDOT’s Safety Service Patrols (SSP’s) will closely monitor all bridges and ramps and VDOT is prepared to shift additional SSP’s to the Peninsula if weather conditions demand additional manpower. 

High volume routes in the Franklin and Williamsburg residencies are also being pretreated. Currently, all tunnels and ferries are on normal operating schedules. 

VDOT reminds motorists to always use extreme caution and reduce speed when traveling during winter driving conditions:

Always Make Sure:

  • Your vehicle is prepared for winter by keeping windows, lights and mirrors clear.
  • Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
  • Keep a safe driving distance between other vehicles-at least five seconds.
  • Keep headlights on to increase visibility.
  • Allow additional travel time.
  • Be mindful of potentially icy areas, including shaded roadways and bridges.
  • Don’t slam on brakes when traveling on ice. Don’t make sudden turns causing you to spin out of control.
  • Drive smart.  
  • Don’t text and drive. Messages can wait!

Motorists are encouraged to visit, call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for the most current conditions and advisories. Information is also available on Twitter @VaDOTHR.


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