Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
Feb. 20, 2012
VDOT CONTINUES SNOW REMOVAL
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - As of 5:00 a.m., most major roads across the Richmond District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are generally clear of snow, but icy patches are possible.
The interstates are clear, but bridges, ramps and overpasses may be icy, so use caution. Most primary roads are clear or passable. Secondary roads are in moderate condition, which means parts of the roads are covered with snow or ice, but are passable.
VDOT will continue to plow and/or treat state-maintained roads as needed. Some roads remain icy and any moisture left on the roads due to melting will likely refreeze overnight and into the early hours of Tuesday.
- VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and power lines.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
- If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.
For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information about VDOT’s snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.
For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube. Snow videos are posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC.
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