Dawn Eischen/Sundra Hominik
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Jan. 18, 2013
INTERSTATES AND PRIMARY ROUTES CLEAR FOR MORNING COMMUTE
Richmond area drivers encouraged to use caution on secondaries
COLONIAL HEIGHTS –Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and snow removal contractors have succeeded in keeping the interstates and primary routes clear throughout the Richmond area this morning. Crews worked continuously overnight to remove snow and slush from major routes. Drivers can expect slush and icy conditions on secondary routes and neighborhoods. Caution is advised in these areas, particularly on bridges, curves and turn lanes.
VDOT crews will continue to apply sand and salt to roadways throughout the day to give drivers traction and melt snow/ice. Their focus today will be to remove slush and ice from the shoulders on interstates and primary routes to allow for proper road drainage. Our goal is to clear the majority of state-maintained routes before sundown, when temperatures are expected to drop and wet or slushy areas have the potential to re-freeze.
Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before traveling. 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.
VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance (includes snow removal) and construction activities along interstates and primary and secondary routes 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.
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