Paula Miller 757-925-1660
Jan. 6, 2017
VDOT TIGER TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH ARRIVING IN HAMPTON ROADS TO SUPPORT CITY REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE
State of Emergency declared in the District at 8 a.m. today
SUFFOLK - Hampton Roads will receive three VDOT Tiger Teams from across the commonwealth today to assist localities with snow fighting operations in the next several days.
Currently, 23 VDOT trucks and 44 contractor trucks from Staunton, Salem, Culpeper and Northern Virginia are headed to Hampton Roads to assist the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth who’ve requested reinforcements for their own crews.
There were requests for 68 trucks for Hampton Roads’ cities through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). VDOT has met those needs.
At 8 a.m. today the VDOT Hampton Roads District declared a State of Emergency in the District which allows VDOT to mobilize personnel and equipment for the duration of the winter storm.
VDOT also began pre-treating interstates and roads throughout the Hampton Roads area today to help prevent ice from bonding to the pavement and to assist with snow and ice removal. District Administrator Jim Utterback said, “We’ll make whatever preparations are necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to clear roads, bridges and overpasses in a timely manner.”
VDOT operators will work around the clock to clear all state-maintained roads and make them passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
The Hampton Roads District has nearly 550 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT has the capability to bring on more hired equipment if weather conditions deteriorate. This year trucks in the VDOT Hampton Roads District have newly installed LED lights to help increase visibility and improve safety.
The District’s storm supplies include 27,000 tons of salt, 16 tons of sand, 168,000 gallons of anti-icing materials and can be replenished as they are used during weather events.
Throughout the winter storm, motorists are urged to not drive on icy, snow-covered roads. If you must travel, please allow VDOT snowplows adequate space to do their jobs. Motorists are also encouraged to visit 511virginia.org or call 511 for up-to-date information on road and traffic conditions. Citizens can also follow VDOT Hampton Roads on Twitter at @VaDOTHR. Further information on travel conditions is available at:
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