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Kyle Gibson 804-921-2759; Media inquiries 804-586-4455


Jan. 31, 2021

Crews begin salting operations; drivers should avoid travel if possible

SOUTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District crews are currently on the move addressing snowfall across the district. Some interstate routes in the district, including Interstate 85, Interstate 95 south and north of Richmond and Interstate 64 in Goochland are currently in moderate condition, meaning that snow or ice is covering major portions of the roadway.

Other interstate routes in the district are currently in minor condition, meaning that pavement is bare except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Primary and secondary routes range from minor condition in the southern half of the district to moderate condition in the western, central, and northern counties.

Early this morning crews initiated salting operations to increase pavement temperature and to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.

Plowing operations have started on interstate, primary, and high volume secondary routes with 2 inches of accumulation or more.

Additional Safety Service Patrol vehicles are on the interstates to assist with traffic incidents, along with emergency stand-by towing in the northwestern portion of the District.

This storm carries the potential for snow and ice. The VDOT Richmond District has readied tree contractors throughout the district to address any tree damage caused by ice and freezing rain.

Tips for driving in snowy and icy conditions 

  • The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. Plan travel around, not during, the storm.
  • Driving is most dangerous when the temperature is at or under 32 degrees (freezing). A good rule to follow is if the temperature outside is at or below freezing and the road is wet, there will likely be ice, particularly on the shaded areas, bridges, ramps and overpasses, since they tend to freeze first.
  • Even when roads have been treated, drivers should reduce their speed and leave a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room (at least 100 feet) and don't pass them. Also, please make sure to give VDOT
  • If drivers stay off the roads during a storm, transportation workers and public safety officials are better able to plow roadways and respond to emergency needs quicker.
  • If you must drive, give snow plows plenty of room (at least 100 feet) and don't pass them.
  • Avoid parking along the street in your neighborhood. Snow plows are wide, and plow drivers may not be able to access and plow the road if parked cars are blocking the path.

Information resources

511 Virginia

Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by using 511 Virginia. Call 511 from any phone in Virginia, visit www.511virginia.org or download the free mobile app at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app.

Social media
Twitter: For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva

Facebook: Visit VDOT’s statewide page and follow the Richmond District group: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT

Customer service center
Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or using the online form available at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ 

Additional resources

For more winter driving information, please visit VDOT's winter weather page


 VDOT’s Richmond District oversees snow removal activities on approximately 19,000 lane miles of roads in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties. Henrico County provides snow removal for their secondary roads (numbered 600 and above) and subdivision streets. Cities that provide their own snow removal include Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, and the towns of Ashland, Blackstone, Chase City and South Hill.

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.

Page last modified: Jan. 31, 2021