Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
Nov. 25, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR ICY PATCHES, LOCAL FLOODING
Early morning drivers encouraged to use caution
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – According to weather forecasts, the Richmond region is expected to receive 2-3 inches of mixed precipitation between Tuesday morning’s commute and Wednesday evening. While most of the precipitation is anticipated to fall as rain, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) cautions drivers to watch for icy patches tomorrow morning on bridges, overpasses and ramps, which typically freeze first, particularly in areas west of I-95. As the precipitation changes to heavy rain later tomorrow, drivers should watch for flooding in low-lying areas. VDOT encourages early morning drivers in areas west of Richmond to use caution or delay travel until temperatures increase.
Once the wintry precipitation reaches the region, VDOT crews will apply treatment to slick areas as needed to provide traction and melt ice. Since this storm is expected to begin as a wet, wintry mix, anti-icing treatment cannot be applied to roads ahead of time. VDOT will continue to monitor the track of this storm and adjust resources as needed.
VDOT’s maintenance program has allocated $10.4 million for snow removal in the Richmond District, which includes storm preparation, anti-icing treatment and snow removal.
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.
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