Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Dec. 7, 2013
VDOT CREWS KEEPING WATCH ON FORECASTS AND READY TO DEPLOY
Motorists urged to “Know Before You Go!”
LYNCHBURG – Citizens across the state are monitoring the weekend forecasts of snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain and rain and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to respond, as necessary.
In the ten-county Lynchburg District, snowplows and spreaders are attached to vehicles and chemicals and abrasives are loaded.
“Our crews are aware that they may be mobilized,” says Tim Wiles, Lynchburg District maintenance engineer, “and have taken the necessary steps to prepare. We will continue to monitor the forecasts and, currently, plan to bring in crews as early as late-Saturday in some areas.”
While VDOT is ready it is important that citizens are prepared as well.
Depending on the type and amount of precipitation, citizens should give careful consideration to avoiding driving; however, if travel is necessary, one of the most important things is to “Know Before You Go!” Motorists can find road conditions through various sources, including local media, by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org or via VDOT’s Twitter and Facebook postings.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the end of a storm. Motorists should use caution before, during and after a storm. Let highway crews work for you ----keep a safe distance behind plows and do not attempt to pass them, park vehicles in driveways or off roadways and, again, be familiar with the conditions.
The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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