Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Jan. 22, 2016
VDOT DEPLOYED FOR STATEWIDE WINTER BLIZZARD - MOTORISTS URGED TO STAY OFF ROADS DURING STORM - TODAY AND TOMORROW
Go to 511Virginia.org to monitor road conditions
RICHMOND – It’s snowing in southwestern Virginia this morning with eight inches of snow in Washington County and the storm is expected to move across the state bringing heavy accumulations. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are in full deployment mode, operating around the clock to treat and plow roads.
VDOT is preparing for total accumulations of one to three feet of snow across Virginia, with sleet and freezing rain in some areas. Two to three inches of snow per hour is expected during the storm beginning today through tomorrow.
Driving conditions will be treacherous and residents are urged stay off the roads during the storm.
What’s good to know now:
- In the southwestern and central southern regions of Virginia, roads, including Interstate 81 are in mostly moderate condition, with snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway and passable with caution.
- Crews work to clear interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, then other secondary roads and subdivision streets. Crews focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
- In Northern Virginia, trucks are pre-staged in subdivisions when two or more inches are forecasted. Throughout the storm, crews work on interstates, high-volume roads, and in subdivisions concurrently.
- You can monitor road conditions and view live cameras at 511virginia.org. In Northern Virginia, when snow reaches two inches or more, visit the online neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing.
Crews have treated roads with anti-icing materials, which prevent snow from bonding to the road surface as rapidly and affords crews an opportunity to remove accumulated snow more easily.
VDOT has approximately 2,500 crewmembers and more than 13,000 pieces of equipment, including plows, trucks and spreaders, for snow-removal operations statewide. In addition, VDOT uses contractors to maintain the interstates throughout the commonwealth. Supplies are in good shape with over 650,000 tons of salt, sand and abrasives and nearly two million gallons of liquid salt.
VDOT has a statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, allowing crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces are freezing. The agency remains in close coordination with state and local police and monitors weather reports to maintain a constant state of readiness.
Go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and www.virginiadot.org for all other travel related and transportation information. Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) to report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway. Get updates from VDOT on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT/ and on Twitter by following @VaDOT.
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