Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
Dec. 8, 2013
UPDATE: VDOT ON STANDBY, TREATING ICY PATCHES AS NEEDED
December 8, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District has experienced mostly rain throughout the day with minimal traffic impacts this morning. Over the past two hours, traffic crashes have increased on I-95, I-295 and I-64 north and west of Richmond due to heavy precipitation and icy conditions. VDOT crews are out applying salt and sand to icy areas and will be on standby throughout the evening hours, as needed.
VDOT recommends drivers limit travel tonight if they can. If traveling cannot be avoided, please use the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Please give work trucks ample space on the roads and drive slowly if you must travel.
- Bridges, ramps and overpasses are the first areas to freeze.
- The pavement in Richmond District is wet and road conditions can change very quickly.
- Treat spreaders as you would emergency-response vehicles. Do not follow or pass too closely.
- If you encounter a traffic signal out of service, the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.
- Charge mobile devices before the storm arrives in case of power loss and emergencies.
- If travel is necessary give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
- Use Virginia’s 511 system to check for road conditions and incidents.
For additional winter weather information, visit 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 YouTube. To view the videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC.