Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Feb. 26, 2015
VDOT TREATING AND PLOWING SNOW COVERED ROADS
Most snow falling in southern half of Virginia
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RICHMOND – Roads are in mostly in moderate condition, or snow covered, in the southern half of Virginia with severe road conditions in the eastern shore region. Hardest hit areas are across southwestern and central Virginia, and the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions. Minor conditions are reported in the northern regions, including the I-81 corridor, Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are treating roads to prevent freezing and increase traction, and plowing where snow has accumulated.
Motorists are advised to avoid or limit travel until the snow stops and roads are in better condition. If you must be out, follow the tips below:
- Monitor your local weather and check out the latest road conditions before heading out the door by going to www.511virginia.org.
- Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
- When on the road, keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency-response vehicles.
- Keep an “emergency winter-driving kit” in your car.
Major roadways with the highest traffic volumes, interstates and primary highways, are treated and plowed first. Once those roads are in good condition crews move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.
With heavy snow, plowing can cause snow to accumulate in roadside gutters and on road shoulders — sometimes even blocking driveways. When this occurs, VDOT asks that you shovel snow to the right of your driveway as you face the road. This is to prevent snow from piling up again if your road is replowed.
For more information:
- www.511virginia.org - latest road conditions
- VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) - report downed trees, debris traffic outages
- http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp - winter travel information
- In Northern Virginia, once two inches have fallen, residents can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood
You can also stay informed by monitoring VDOT’s social media channels.
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