Greg Bilyeu 804-786-4243, 804-370-8109
Jan. 14, 2015
CONDITIONS IMPROVE, BUT DRIVERS URGED TO USE CAUTION TODAY AND TONIGHT
VDOT crews continue to treat roads
RICHMOND, Va. – As of noon today, most interstates and primary roads are clear or in minor condition. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to plow roads in some areas and are applying sand and salt in others as necessary to improve traction and help melt ice.
VDOT will continue to monitor road conditions statewide and adjust resources as needed until all state-maintained roads are clear. As temperatures drop this afternoon and tonight, drivers are cautioned to be alert to refreezing as roads that are wet may become icy. Drivers should be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and low-lying areas.
Road Condition Definitions:
- Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
- Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
- Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
Ice accumulation can damage trees and power lines. Citizens are reminded that they should never attempt to remove power lines from downed trees themselves. VDOT works directly with utility companies across the state to safely remove and repair power lines. Report downed trees or other maintenance issues anytime day or night by calling VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
- Check road conditions before you leave home by calling 511 or logging in to www.511Virginia.org.
- Download the free 511 mobile app: www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app.
- 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.