Lauren Hansen 757-925-1660
Dec. 19, 2009
VDOT RESPONDING TO WINTER STORM
Drivers advised to use extreme caution
SUFFOLK - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) encourages motorists to avoid driving if at all possible. Currently, all interstate and primary routes throughout the region are in mild to clear condition, but colder temperatures and additional precipitation into the evening and overnight hours can lead to hazardous driving conditions.
As of 1 p.m. the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry began operating at a reduced service capacity due to high tide levels. Motorists should anticipate delays and use the Route 17 James River Bridge as an alternate route. Crews anticipate resuming full service levels as soon as tides subside after 4 p.m. tonight.
The Brambleton Ave on ramp from Route 58 east and the Midtown Tunnel is now open to traffic. The ramp was closed earlier today due to flooding in the city of Norfolk.
According to weather reports, heavy snow continues to fall across northern to western parts of Virginia, creating moderate to severe roadway conditions. In Hampton Roads, most of the winter storm affects will continue tonight in the Franklin, Emporia, Waverley, James City County areas and the upper Delmarva Peninsula with a mix of light snow and sleet. Motorists are advised to delay travel outside of the region as weather and roadway conditions quickly deteriorate north and west of Hampton Roads.
Crews pretreated areas of Route 58 and Route 460 in Franklin and Waverley and I-64 from the Newport News city line to Richmond before the storm to help prevent ice from adhering to the roadway. It is anticipated that area pavement temperatures will not reach below freezing tonight; however a mixture of snow and sleet will develop in these areas overnight creating the potential for slick conditions.
Crews have been monitoring interstates and major primaries for trouble spots and have applied salt, sand, and abrasives as necessary where icy conditions have developed. VDOT will continue to monitor roadway conditions throughout the completion of the storm.
Drivers are encouraged to use caution on bridges, overpasses and ramps since they tend to freeze before the roadway. Secondary roads may have more snow on the road surface than the primary and interstate routes. Even when roads have been treated, motorists should reduce their speed and leave at least a 5-second driving distance.
Motorists are encouraged to call 511 or the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 610 AM, or visit www.511va.org for current traffic and travel information. For more information about VDOT snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.
Road condition definitions:
Severe - drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate - snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor - bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
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