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Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Marshall.herman@vdot.virginia.gov
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Feb. 17, 2015



VDOT CREWS CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS CLEARING ROADS STATEWIDE
Motorists should continue to use caution

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to make progress on snow removal efforts. Crews have been working 12-hour shifts across the state to treat and plow roads as needed, and work will continue this evening and overnight.

 

Interstates are currently in minor condition. Though motorists will see bare pavement they should continue to drive with caution as there are areas with isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Primary and secondary routes are in minor to moderate condition, meaning parts of the road are snow-covered or icy, but passable.

 

Low temperatures tonight will pose the potential for refreeze. Therefore, VDOT is urging motorists to limit or avoid travel if possible.

 

Motorists also should be aware to the possibility of additional winter weather on Wednesday.

 

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. Individual road conditions (searchable by jurisdiction or road type) can be found by visiting www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions.

 

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:

 

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 (www.virginiadot.org) 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.

 

VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the end of a storm. This 48 hour time clock restarts if another storm occurs during removal efforts.

 

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