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Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Feb. 15, 2016
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO AVOID TRAVEL TODAY
Snow and freezing rain make for hazardous driving conditions, road condition updates can be found at 511virginia.org
RICHMOND, Va. – Motorists should avoid travel today and if you must be out, take it slow and drive with extreme caution due to snow and ice on roadways across the state. Snow ranging from an inch in the Hampton Roads region to eight inches in southwest Virginia has fallen across the state, followed by freezing rain.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors continue to work around the clock to treat and plow roads. In the western half of the state, interstates and major routes are in minor to moderate condition, drivable with some snow and ice cover. In the eastern part of the state, major roads are mostly clear. Side roads, subdivision and neighborhood streets are snow covered as crews focus their efforts on clearing the major roads and then treat secondary roads.
What’s good to know now:
- The primary hazard is sleet and freezing rain, which coats the roads with a layer of ice making for very slick driving conditions. Pavement that may appear clear and wet could be icy, even on treated roads.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
- If you must travel, know before you go and check out the road conditions by going to 511virginia.org.
- Make sure your car is winterized and safe for driving in bad weather.
- Take it slow. Allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Allow slow-moving equipment crews, such as snow plow operators, the right of way.
- No sudden breaking. Gradually come to a stop.
- Watch out for black ice, especially near bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas.
- Follow AAA’s winter weather driving tips by watching this video: https://youtu.be/m5LkTkW3TDY?list=PLrdkgB-Lk8ebw_irLPI7OLQlrHuYcQJJP
Call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask questions or report problems at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.
VDOT maintains more than 57,000 miles of interstates, primary routes, secondary and subdivision streets across the state. Henrico and Arlington counties maintain their local roads, such as subdivision streets. Localities maintain streets within their city and town borders.
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