Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Jan. 30, 2010
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS
Roads across the state are snow covered as snow continues falling
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues to respond to the recent winter storm. Crews have been working non-stop to clear roads across the commonwealth.
However, motorists are still urged to stay off the roads as heavy snowfall continues throughout much of Virginia.
Road conditions throughout the state are listed as moderate to severe, with significant accumulation on most interstate, primary and secondary roads.
VDOT emergency responders have worked through the night and the morning to treat and plow interstate and primary roads across the state.
VDOT crews will continue snow removal efforts throughout the duration of the storm, focusing first on heavily traveled interstate and primary roads, then turning to secondary roads and subdivision streets.
VDOT is encouraging motorists to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.
The agency reminds motorists to use caution if they must drive, and contact 511 or www.511virginia.org to get the latest in road closures and traveler information.
- Not drive unless absolutely necessary, but if you must drive, slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
- Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
- 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
VDOT’s Winter Weather Tools
VDOT continues to use the latest anti-icing techniques.
Anti-icing involves applying chemicals to roadways before a storm to prepare the pavement and prevent a bond from forming between the surface and the snow and ice.
VDOT will use anti-icing chemicals, including salt brine, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, on roads around the state this winter.
VDOT has 2,314 pieces of snow removal equipment, 3,146 crew members, 62,000 tons of sand and 239,000 tons of salt available to keep roads clear.
Priorities for Clearing Roads
VDOT’s goal 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.
Individuals can sign up for e-mail alerts that include weather and incident reporting on the 511 Web site.
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.
VDOT is now posting storm photos from today at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vadot/4315156870/
Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube.
Snow videos are posted 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 throughout the weekend. To get in touch with your regional public affairs representative, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/media_contacts.asp
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