VDOT News - Hampton Roads

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Jan. 22, 2022



HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS MEAN MOTORISTS MUST STAY INSIDE
Roadway treatment and snow removal operations underway

SUFFOLK—Snow is now falling across much of  Hampton Roads, meaning motorists must stay inside – the safest place to be during a storm. By delaying or avoiding travel altogether, motorists can stay safe while also providing Virginia Department of Transportation crews the space to work safely and efficiently. 

Snow and freezing temperatures are expected to continue tonight and into Saturday morning, resulting in the potential refreezing of roadways and icy conditions. Crews have been working around-the-clock since Wednesday pretreating the interstates and state-maintained primary roads leading up to and during the snowfall that began this afternoon. Crews are staffed through the weekend and will continue to monitor and treat the roadways with salt to break down ice and apply sand in critical spots to enhance traction for vehicles. 

Motorists must not travel until conditions improve and roads are passable. 

Nearly 300 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders are actively engaged in addressing the storm across the district. All VDOT-owned and contracted plows are equipped with Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), allowing them to be monitored on the snowplow tracker. Crews have begun plowing and clearing state-maintained roads where accumulation exceeds approximately 2 inches.

With the possibility of high winds in addition to snow accumulation, crews are also standing by to assist with downed trees, branches and debris that may fall across the roads. Avoid areas with downed power lines and trees. Report any debris or unpassable roads to VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

Reminders:

  • Stay home. Avoid all nonessential travel.
  • Give crews time and space to treat roads, with extra caution in work zones. 
  • If snow or ice is on the road, conditions are hazardous.
  • Call 911 if you have an emergency.
  • Visit www.511Virginia.org for the latest road conditions. Do not travel until precipitation stops and road conditions improve. 
  • For more information on winter weather travel, visit https://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

Resources:

  • 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.
  • WAZE – VDOT recently partnered with Waze to add a new feature to the navigation software app that allows users to report, in real-time during winter weather, when a road has not been plowed. It will also inform travelers when they are approaching a road that has been identified by other drivers as unplowed.

For more winter driving information, please visit virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.



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