Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Feb. 21, 2013
POTENTIAL FOR SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS WEST OF RICHMOND TOMORROW MORNING
Drivers advised to use caution on elevated surfaces
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Wintery precipitation combined with air and pavement temperatures around freezing tomorrow morning could result in icy driving conditions for areas west of Richmond. Drivers in Goochland, Amelia and Powhatan counties are encouraged to use caution during the morning rush hour, particularly on elevated surfaces.
Once the wintery mix starts to fall, VDOT and contractor crews will apply sand and salt to moist pavement as needed, focusing on areas that typically freeze first – bridges, overpasses and ramps. The sand provides traction and salt helps to melt ice. However, drivers must reduce their speed in icy conditions, even when roads have been treated.
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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