VDOT News - Richmond
|IMMEDIATE - 4 a.m.
Bethanie Glover 804-835-3857; Media inquiries 804-586-4455
Feb. 7, 2021
WET PAVEMENT AND CLEAR ROADS NOW, BUT CREWS ARE WATCHING FOR SNOW
Continue to avoid nonessential travel this morning
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. –Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District crews spent Saturday night preparing for winter weather. Now that rainy precipitation has started and temperatures are falling, they are on the move treating spots more likely to freeze with salt to melt ice and sand to enhance traction for drivers. All road conditions are currently clear with wet pavement in most areas. Crews will remain mobilized for potential snowfall Sunday morning, addressing icy spots and snow accumulation as needed.
Drivers should continue to avoid nonessential travel until temperatures rise Sunday. Crews will be focusing closely on possible refreeze for wet roads Sunday night into Monday morning.
Crews will continue working in 12-hour shifts until all roads are safe and passable. Interstate routes will be addressed first, followed by primary routes (numbered 1-599) and major secondary routes (numbered 600+). From there, crews will turn their attention to neighborhood streets. All cities and towns in the Richmond District provide their own snow clearance, and Henrico County maintains its own secondary route system.
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.
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/.
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.
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