Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Jan. 22, 2016
STATEWIDE WINTER STORM BUILDING TO FULL FORCE – MOTORISTS: STAY OFF THE ROADS DURING STORM
Crews have plowed more than one thousand miles of interstate so far
RICHMOND – The major winter storm is impacting statewide beginning with southwestern Virginia this morning and now snow is falling moderately in Northern Virginia. Virginia Department Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors have hit the storm aggressively, plowing more than one-thousand miles of interstate so far, in addition to other major roads.
What’s good to know now:
- While major roads have been plowed with continuous passes, snow is coming down fast leaving pavement snow covered. Most roads are in moderate to severe condition, but open.
- Driving conditions are treacherous. Motorists are urged to stay off the roads during the storm with the brunt of it hitting tonight and lasting through tomorrow. Total accumulations of one to three feet of snow expected to fall across Virginia.
- Crews are working in 12-hour shifts, providing 24-hour continuous snow-removal operations.
- Crews plow the most heavily traveled roads first – interstates and major primary roads - before moving onto secondary and subdivision streets. In Northern Virginia, crews work on interstates, high-volume roads, and in subdivisions concurrently.
- In Northern Virginia, when snow reaches two inches or more, visit the online neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing.
VDOT has approximately 2,500 crewmembers and more than 13,000 pieces of equipment, including plows, trucks and spreaders, for snow-removal operations statewide. In addition, VDOT uses contractors to maintain the interstates throughout the commonwealth. Materials include over 650,000 tons of salt, sand and abrasives and nearly two million gallons of brine.
- Traffic cameras - www.511virginia.org
- General snow information - www.virginiadot.org
- Report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway - VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623)
- Social media - Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT/ and on Twitter by following @VaDOT.
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