Shannon Marshall 804-371-6844


Dec. 19, 2009

Roads across the commonwealth considered dangerous

RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue working to clear interstates and major primary roads across the commonwealth after a major snow storm dropped nearly two feet of snow in some parts of Virginia.


Motorists should avoid any unnecessary travel as temperatures are expected to drop overnight causing treacherous travel conditions in much of the commonwealth.


For traffic updates, motorists should call 511 or visit If a stranded motorist is in immediate danger or is experiencing an emergency, they should dial #77 or 911.


If driving is a must, please follow the tips below:


Driving Tips

VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:

  •          Only travel if it is absolutely necessary
  •          Check road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or visiting
  •          Slow down and allow for extra time to reach destinations
  •          Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
  •          Never pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary


VDOT’s Winter Weather Facts

  • VDOT has 2,314 pieces of snow removal equipment, 3,146 crew members, 62,000 tons of sand and 239,000 tons of salt working to clear roads during this storm, and it has enlisted private contractors to assist state crews.
  • VDOT crews will work around the clock to address this significant snowfall.
  • Crews focus on the highest traffic roads first—clearing interstate highways and major primary roads before working on secondary roads and subdivision streets
  • VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends


Motorist Resources

VDOT has a variety of information sources for road condition updates. The 511 traveler-information service gives drivers the most up-to-date data available about weather, construction and accidents that may affect travel. Updates can be received by calling 511 from any landline or wireless phone or by going online to to view traffic cameras, the road condition map and the road condition table-report. Individuals can sign up for e-mail alerts that include weather and incident reporting on the 511 Web site.


For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at


Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube. Snow videos are posted at


For more information about Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies, visit The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the “Ready Virginia” resource to provide residents and visitors with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.




Editor’s Note: VDOT public affairs staff will be available to address any snow-removal media requests throughout the weekend. To get in touch with your regional public affairs representative, visit

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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