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Feb. 6, 2009


STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin an anti-icing program on several roads in Frederick County. Anti-icing practices have been used in other states, but it is a new snow and ice fighting tool for interstate and primary roads in the Shenandoah Valley.

Anti-icing equipment was recently delivered and installed at the Stephens City Area Headquarters. Routes that will be pre-treated with anti-icing brine are: Route 37, Route 50 from the Winchester Corporate Limits to Prince Frederick Drive, and Route 522 north and south of Winchester. VDOT and contractor crews have begun using the equipment this month, as weather conditions dictate.

Anti-icing operations use a chemical brine that is applied to the road up to 48 hours before a snow storm to prevent a bond from forming between the roadway and snow and ice when the storm starts. The brine used by VDOT and its contractors is a salt-based mixture.

“VDOT is very glad to have this proactive winter weather tool to help make our roads safer”, said Jerry Copp, Edinburg Residency Administrator. He adds, “The public should be sure to allow plenty of room between their vehicle and the VDOT spreader when anti-icing operations are taking place.”

VDOT contractors maintaining interstate roads in the Shenandoah Valley also perform anti-icing operations on I-81, I-66 and I-64 prior to winter weather.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

VDOT reminds motorists of a few simple steps they can take to stay safe this winter:

  • Check your vehicle to be sure it is running properly before winter driving season.
  • Always buckle your seat belts.
  • Drive slowly and increase your following distance between you and the car ahead of you. Adjust your speed for the conditions.
  • Do not pass a snow plow unless you absolutely have to, and give plows room to do their work.
  • Know the road conditions before you leave home. For the latest on road condition and traffic during winter storms, visit

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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