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Paula Miller 757-925-1660
Paula.Miller@vdot.virginia.gov
757-925-2584
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Jan. 22, 2016



VDOT HAMPTON ROADS IN FULL STORM RESPONSE MODE
Motorists Urged to Limit Rush Hour Travel

SUFFOLK- As a winter weather event approaches Hampton Roads, VDOT crews and personnel will be working around-the-clock to clear area interstates and roadways and to address other storm-related issues.

All interstates Southside and on the Peninsula have been pre-treated, along with bridges, ramps and overpasses. Primary and some Secondary routes have also been pre-treated. Staffing, materials and equipment are at capacity, in place and crews are ready to respond.

In the Hampton Roads area, today’s afternoon rush hour may present the greatest challenge based on snow predictions, so motorists are encouraged to avoid any unnecessary travel. Late in the day snow is expected to change to rain, but cold air and pavement temperatures could cause refreezing.

If you have to be on the highways while VDOT crews are working, please don’t crowd our plows! Give crews plenty of space to work and allow plenty of braking distance due to slick and snow-covered pavement. High winds associated with the storm could also produce downed power lines and tree limbs so be cautious in your travels and report any problems to the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-For-Road (1-800-367-7623).

VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends, if there are no additional accumulations.

If you are traveling, Motorists should check traffic conditions thru VDOT’s FREE traffic information tools:

  • Download the 511 smartphone app
  • Visit the 511 Virginia website or dial
  • Listen to the Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM
  • Call the Traffic Line at 757-361-3016

VDOT Hampton Roads District Public Affairs Team members will be available to answer storm and highway related questions. Please call the On-Duty Officer at 757-925-2584.

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