Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 24, 2009
VDOT URGES TRAVELERS TO CONSIDER ADJUSTING PLANS AS ICY ROADS MAY IMPACT TRAVEL
Depending on temperatures, additional ice may accumulate on roadways
SALEM – With participation in the forecast for areas in southwestern Virginia, there is the potential for additional accumulation of ice on roadways starting late on Thursday, Dec. 24 and continuing into the morning and possibly daytime hours on Friday, December 25. The Virginia Department of Transportation is gearing up operations for the overnight hours and heading into the day on Friday.
A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will impact how much ice or sleet will accumulate on roads. If ice does accumulate, crews will use chemicals and abrasives to treat roads as plowing is not effective. In addition, crews are preparing to deal with downed trees that could be caused by high winds.
Motorists are strongly advised to consider adjusting their travel plans around the winter weather by leaving early or delaying trips.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For emergencies, dial 911.
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