Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 21, 2013
VDOT MAKES PREPARATIONS FOR FORECAST ICE, SLEET
Motorists advised to use caution during morning commute
CULPEPER — Ice and sleet are forecast beginning late tonight and continuing into Friday morning, creating slick conditions for motorists in Central Virginia.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have prepared equipment and used salt brine to pre-treat roads in the highest elevations, including portions of Interstate 64 and I-66.
As precipitation begins VDOT crews will treat the roads with a mixture of sand and salt. The sand increases traction and the salt helps melt snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface.
Motorists are strongly urged to check weather and highway conditions before early morning travel. If slick road conditions are reported in their area VDOT advises them to consider delaying travel. Drivers should observe the following precautions:
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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