Greg Bilyeu 804-370-8109

Feb. 17, 2015

Delay travel if necessary and use caution during morning commute

4 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responding to severe winter weather that continues to impact Virginia. VDOT crews are on duty and are working in 12-hour shifts across the commonwealth this morning to treat and plow roads as needed.

Many interstates and primary routes are in moderate to severe condition, meaning snow or icy patches likely cover major portions of the pavement. Due to extreme cold temperatures and a mixture of conditions including heavy snow, freezing rain and sleet, VDOT is urging motorists to limit or even avoid travel until conditions improve.

VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the storm’s end. Once major routes are clear, VDOT can shift efforts to secondary roads and side streets.

Check, or download VDOT’s free 511 app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state. Individual road conditions (searchable by jurisdiction or road type) can be found by visiting

Winter weather driving tips:

  • Avoid travel if possible.
  • Slow down and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Use caution on bridges, overpasses and ramps, which tend to freeze first.
  • Be especially careful on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.

Winter-weather information sources:

511 – Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, via the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Social Media Tools – VDOT updates are provided on Facebook and the agency’s district and 511 Twitter accounts.

Customer Service Center: 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) – Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.

VDOT Website – VDOT’s website ( has up-to-date news and information on agency projects, programs and other topics.

Road conditions:

  • Severe – Drifting snow or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
  • Moderate – Snow or ice on major portions of the road. Snow tires or chains advised.
  • Minor – Bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.



Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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