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March 20, 2013

Crews pre-treating major routes

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – According to weather forecasts, light snow is expected to fall in parts of the Richmond area tomorrow morning; with the greatest impact to areas north and northwest of the region to include Hanover and Goochland counties. With pavement and air temperatures anticipated to be below freezing in those areas and dry snow forecasted, precipitation will likely stick to the road surface, creating slick spots.

VDOT and its contractors are applying anti-icing treatment to bridges and overpasses along major routes north and northwest of Richmond to prevent snow from bonding with the pavement. During a winter storm, bridges and overpasses tend to freeze before the road surface.

Once the storm begins, crews will apply sand and salt to major routes to melt snow/ice and provide traction. However, drivers must reduce their speed in icy conditions, even when roads have been treated. VDOT encourages drivers to monitor weather conditions before heading out tomorrow morning and be prepared to alter their travel plans if necessary.

Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website,, before traveling. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road, VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.


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