Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Jan. 21, 2016
VDOT READY FOR MASSIVE WINTER STORM ANTICIPATED TO HAVE SEVERE IMPACTS ON VIRGINIA THIS WEEK
Motorists urged to stay off roads when brunt of storm hits Friday; go to 511virginia.org to monitor road conditions
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are in full deployment mode for a statewide winter storm that is expected to bring heavy snow fall, including freezing rain, with the height of the storm to hit Friday.
“Crews are in 24-hour operations with a significant force of crew members, equipment and materials and we are continuing to treat roads with anti-icing materials in advance of the next storm,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “With a storm of this magnitude, driving conditions will be extremely hazardous. I urge motorists to plan ahead, monitor weather conditions and stay off the roads during the storm.”
What’s happening now?
Some slick road conditions in the southwestern and northern regions of Virginia. Motorists should watch for icy patches, particularly on bridges and overpasses.
Crews are treating roads with anti-icing materials.
VDOT is preparing for total accumulations of one to three feet of snow across the state, with sleet and freezing rain in some areas. Two to three inches of snow per hour is expected during the worst of the storm Friday evening through Saturday morning. Motorists should not travel during the storm.
Crews and equipment:
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.
Snow removal priorities:
When the storm hits, crews work to clear interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and 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.
Motorists are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and go to 511virginia.org to get the latest road conditions. You can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) to report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway.
If snow reaches two inches or more, VDOT activates an online neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in the Northern Virginia district.
General snow information is posted on Virginiadot.org.
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