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Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Jan. 25, 2016
PATIENCE IS APPRECIATED AS VDOT AGGRESSIVELY WORKS ON SECONDARY AND SUBDIVISION STREETS
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are tirelessly working to cleanup snow and ice on subdivision and secondary roadways. The agency asks residents for continued patience as snow removal efforts endure after an epic, three-day snowstorm dropped a massive amount of snow throughout the commonwealth over the weekend.
Snow removal and cleanup will continue as long as conditions exist. Crews in some areas could be working through the end of the week.
What’s good to know now:
- Crews continue 24-hour operations in the subdivisions. Crews are focused on making at least one pass in subdivisions, but expect these roads to be snow and ice covered, particularly in in the Northern Virginia, Richmond and Culpeper districts. In many places don’t expect bare pavement for a number of days due to the volume of snow that has to be removed. .
- Plowing subdivision streets is an enormous job – More than 48,000 miles of secondary and subdivision roads statewide, much of that in tight spots around cars and cul-de-sacs.
- If residents have a serious emergency (i.e. medical or fire), they should call 9-1-1 and VDOT will work in coordination with emergency responders to get them the help they need.
- In many neighborhoods, front-end loaders and motor graders are being used to move snow where there is not enough room to push.
- In subdivisions, crews focus on the most heavily traveled streets first. Cul-de-sacs are usually plowed last.
- Please be aware that snow plows will block driveways with snow. With major storms, this is an unintended consequence of making the roads passable. VDOT is sorry for this inconvenience, but to make as many roads passable as quickly as possible, there is no way to avoid it. VDOT will not remove snow from driveways.
- To give crews a chance to finish their plow assignments, VDOT asks that residents wait 48 hours after the storm is over before reporting “missed” roads.
- VDOT’s Customer Service Center 800-FOR ROAD (800-367-7623) is experiencing extraordinary high call volumes and you may not be able to get through to a customer service representative. We are continuing to work to resolve technical difficulties we are experiencing due to high call volumes.
- VDOT cannot provide a plowing schedule for your area.
- For more information on snow removal, go to virginiadot.org. For road conditions, go to 511virginia.org.
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