VDOT News - Hampton Roads
Dave Forster 757-925-2583
Media phone 757-925-2584
Jan. 4, 2018
VDOT TIGER TEAMS ARRIVE IN HAMPTON ROADS TO HELP CLEAR LOCAL ROADS AND HIGHWAYS AS STORM CONTINUES
Public urged to avoid travel during storm
SUFFOLK – The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging residents to stay off roads this morning as snow and high winds continue to make travel dangerous and while VDOT plows interstates and area highways.
VDOT Tiger Teams from across the Commonwealth arrived in Hampton Roads throughout the early morning hours Thursday to bolster the region’s snow-fighting operations.
In all, 13 Tiger Teams with 66 trucks and equipment from Staunton, Lynchburg, Salem, Culpeper, and Northern Virginia headed to Hampton Roads to assist with a storm that was predicted to drop as much as 12 inches of snow in areas. A majority of the incoming personnel had arrived by 5 a.m. with the rest expected soon after.
VDOT’s Hampton Roads District has 469 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT also can bring on more hired equipment if necessary.
If travel is necessary, motorists are urged to drive at a low speed and give extra space to other vehicles, and to slow down and give the right of way to plows and other heavy equipment.
The District began pre-treating interstates and roads throughout Hampton Roads on Tuesday to help prevent ice from bonding to the pavement and to assist with snow and ice removal. VDOT operators will work around the clock until all state-maintained roads are passable.
The District began the winter season with 24,000 tons of salt, 14,000 tons of sand and 168,000 gallons of pre-treating materials, amounts that can be replenished as they are used during weather events.
Motorists are encouraged to visit 511virginia.org or call 511 for up-to-date information on road and traffic conditions. Citizens can also follow VDOT Hampton Roads on Twitter at @VaDOTHR. More information on winter weather travel and snow removal is at: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
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