Dawn Eischen, Richmond District
Nora Jump-Scott, Hampton Roads
Jan. 19, 2009
VDOT READY FOR WINTER WEATHER TOMORROW
Drivers in southeast Virginia advised to use caution
VDOT and interstate maintenance contractors have applied anti-icing chemicals to the following roads:
- Richmond – Interstates 95, 85 and 295 including bridges, ramps and overpasses
- Hampton Roads – Interstates 64, 264, 564, 664 and 464 including bridges, ramps and overpasses (also I-64 between I-295 in Richmond to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel)
Anti-icing is the application of chemicals to roads before a snow-pavement bond occurs. Anti-icing emphasizes prevention rather than reaction. Pre-treatment is a form of anti-icing where chemicals are applied to the road up to 48 hours before a snow storm to prevent a bond from forming between the roadway and snow and ice when the storm starts. VDOT strives to clear all state maintained roads within 48 hours after a winter weather event. If snow accumulates on the roads, crews will apply a sand and salt mixture to melt the snow and provide traction.
VDOT’s regional Transportation Operations Centers monitor traffic conditions, pavement temperatures and weather forecasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VDOT also relies on road condition reports from our Safety Service Patrols, Virginia State Police and other transportation partners.
During winter driving conditions, motorists are strongly encouraged to reduce their speed and leave at least a five second driving distance, even when roads are treated. If you have to go out, use extra caution on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
VDOT advises motorists to check the traffic and weather reports before heading out tomorrow morning. For the latest on road conditions and real-time traffic, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
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