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Feb. 16, 2013

Richmond area drivers advised to use caution

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Winter precipitation continues to fall across the Richmond area and pavement temperatures remain above freezing. However, air and pavement temperatures are expected to fall below freezing around midnight, resulting in the possibility of icy driving conditions in the region. Drivers are advised to limit travel overnight through 10 a.m. tomorrow due to the potential for black ice.

VDOT and contractor crews will apply sand and salt overnight through early tomorrow to moist pavement as needed, focusing on areas that typically freeze first – bridges, overpasses and ramps. The sand provides traction and salt helps to melt ice. However, drivers must reduce their speed in icy conditions, even when roads have been treated.

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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