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Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Jan. 26, 2016
VDOT CONTINUES TO AGGRESSIVELY REMOVE SNOW FROM SUBDIVISION STREETS; PATIENCE IS APPRECIATED
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue the massive snow cleanup on secondary and subdivision roadways. The agency asks residents for continued patience following the epic snow storm over the weekend.
What’s good to know now:
- Crews continue 24-hour operations to remove snow from subdivision streets.
- VDOT and its contract crews have made at least one plow pass through most subdivision streets under state maintenance across the state. Streets are snow and ice covered in many areas.
- Recovery from this massive storm will take several more days and cleanup is likely to last the rest of the week.
- In some areas, plows cannot remove snow because the snow and ice have formed hard layers, requiring heavy equipment to remove the icepack.
- The hardest areas are in Northern Virginia where up to three feet of snow fell. In that area, plows touched each subdivision making passes during the storm. Most of the subdivision streets in Northern Virginia are now passable. (Passable is a path drivable—with caution—by a regular passenger vehicle). The remaining neighborhoods will be a little slow-going, based on the need to use loaders in tight spaces and where the sections are still buried.
- Plow trucks are effective in conditions up to around 10 inches. Some parts in the Northern Virginia District received upwards of 40 inches. Work in these subdivisions requires heavy equipment. Work that would take a plow one hour to do takes between eight to ten hours for heavy equipment to complete.
- 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 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.
- VDOT’s Customer Service Center 800-FOR ROAD (800-367-7623) is experiencing extraordinary high call volumes and it may be a while before you get through to a customer service representative. We encourage residents to go to Virginiadot.org and click on “Report a Road Problem.”
- VDOT cannot provide a plowing schedule for your area.
- For road conditions, go to 511virginia.org.
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