Greg Bilyeu 804-370-8109
Feb. 7, 2010
VDOT URGES EXTREME CAUTION AS CONDITIONS IMPROVE
Crews continue to treat roads, refreezing likely
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues to work around the clock to clear roadways across the commonwealth.
While conditions are improving on interstates and primary roads, motorists are urged to use extreme caution as travel remains hazardous in many areas. State officials are responding to more traffic incidents as drivers venture out today.
Motorists are urged to avoid travel. As temperatures begin to drop again this evening, drivers may find icy conditions and slick spots. If you must drive, be especially careful on bridges and overpasses, as ice may form more quickly in these areas.
Before you travel, call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org to get the latest traveler information.
VDOT crews first focus efforts on the roads that carry the most traffic, but will then treat secondary roads and subdivision streets.
Along with snow totals close to two feet in some areas, downed trees, power outages, and flooding are causing additional challenges. The following tips and resources can help motorists stay safe.
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather.
- Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to www.511Virginia.org
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Priorities for Clearing Roads
VDOT’s goal for typical snowstorms is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends.
Crews first clear interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities.
They will then treat secondary roads and subdivision streets if multi-day storms hit Virginia, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
VDOT has a variety of information sources for road condition updates.
The 511 traveler-information service gives drivers the most up-to-date data available about weather, construction and accidents that may affect travel.
Updates can be received by calling 511 from any landline or wireless phone or by going online to www.511virginia.org to view traffic cameras, the road condition map and the road condition table-report.
Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC
For more information about Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the “Ready Virginia” resource to provide residents and visitors with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.
Editor’s Note: VDOT public affairs staff will be available to address any snow-removal media requests. To get in touch with your regional public affairs representative, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/media_contacts.asp
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