SUFFOLK– VDOT continues its commitment to being responsive during snow events, and VDOT’s budget, materials, equipment and staffing are in place and ready for forecasted winter weather. Crews began pretreatment activities today, Feb. 19, 2019. Trucks are spreading brine along all bridges and ramps in Hampton Roads and VDOT maintained roads in the district outskirts, such as in James City County and Emporia. The brine increases the freezing temperature of the surface, helping to prevent ice on the road.
Motorists are advised to plan their trips around the storm, rather than through the storm, paying close attention to both beginning and end travel points, as those conditions can change. VDOT crews will be on standby throughout the event, ready to deploy as needed.
VDOT equipment, materials
For 2018-2019, VDOT Hampton Roads has more than 470 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT also has the capability to bring on more hired equipment, depending on the weather.
Materials and supplies currently in stock for snow and ice removal in Hampton Roads include:
- 24,989 tons of salt,
- 17,461 tons of sand,
- 168,400 gallons of salt brine.
- The district supplies are fully stocked at 97% capacity. VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends, if there are no additional accumulations.
Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. Secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit the Commonwealth, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
VDOT maintains all interstates, major state-maintained primary routes, and county roads in Hampton Roads. Individual municipalities maintain their own primary and secondary routes.
Have a plan before you drive
- 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) -- Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.
- Twitter -- Follow us @VaDOTHR and @511hamptonroads for the latest weather/traffic updates during a storm.
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Page last modified: Feb. 19, 2019