Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6094
Dec. 6, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR WEEKEND WINTER STORM
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – According to weather forecasts, the Richmond region can expect sleet and icy conditions early Sunday with the potential for small amounts of ice accumulation. Temperatures are expected to rise by mid afternoon Sunday followed by rain throughout most of the region.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been preparing trucks and equipment this week for the approaching storm and contacting hired equipment operators to ensure they have coverage in the event this storm significantly impacts travel in the region. Crews will report for standby operations prior to the onset of winter weather and will be dispatched as necessary once conditions are favorable for ice accumulation on the roads and bridges. Since this storm is expected to begin as freezing rain in the Richmond region, anti-icing chemicals may not be applied ahead of time. VDOT will continue to monitor the track of this storm and adjust resources as needed.
The Richmond District has been preparing for the snow season throughout the year by repairing and procuring equipment, stockpiling anti-icing materials and training staff. Richmond District has 1,300 pieces of equipment, with an additional 1,500 available through contractors. Available road treatment materials include; 60,000 tons of salt, 20,000 tons of sand, 12,000 tons of treated abrasives, 162,000 gallons of brine mixture, 55,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 6,800 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride. VDOT will choose the most effective road treatment method for the forecasted conditions.
VDOT recommends drivers limit travel on Sunday if they can. If traveling cannot be avoided, please use the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Please drive slowly and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Leave a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- If a traffic signal loses power, please treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
- Check www.511virginia.org or the 511 iPhone/Android app for the latest road and traffic conditions.
- 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 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.
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