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Jan. 5, 2017



VDOT READY FOR WINTER WEATHER
Motorists urged to monitor conditions and stay off icy and snowy roads

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RICHMOND – Light snow is expected to fall across the state tonight, with a second storm expected to bring heavy snowfall for central and southeastern Virginia beginning late Friday and lasting through Saturday morning. Heaviest accumulations are expected in the Hampton Roads region, which will make for hazardous driving conditions.  

What VDOT is doing:

  • VDOT crews and contractors got a jumpstart on treating roads today by spreading salt and other materials to help prevent icing. Regardless of treatment, once snow falls, road surfaces will be slick.
  • Crews are fully prepared with equipment, fuel and materials. Traffic Operations Centers monitor road conditions and direct resources.
  • 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.

What motorists need to know now:

  • Monitor weather conditions and be prepared. Do not drive on snow and ice-covered roads particularly when the second storm hits this weekend with heavy snow expected from Richmond to Virginia Beach. Heavy snowfall is expected Friday night and will continue through Saturday morning, making for slick roads through the weekend and into part of next week because of freezing temperatures.
  • Go to www.511virginia.org for the latest road conditions.
  • You can also call 1-800-FOR-ROADS to report road problems or ask questions.
  • More information on winter weather travel is at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Background:

  • VDOT has approximately 2,500 crewmembers for snow-removal operations statewide. In addition, VDOT uses contractors to maintain the interstates throughout the commonwealth. Snow removal is one of the main functions of these contractors.
  • VDOT has nearly 13,000 pieces of equipment and more than 650,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives at the beginning of the winter season.
  • A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges allows VDOT maintenance crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.


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