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Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Jan. 7, 2017
MOTORISTS URGED TO STAY OFF ROADS AS VDOT BATTLES SNOW
Go to 511virginia.org to monitor latest road conditions
RICHMOND – Motorists are urged to stay off the roads today as VDOT and contract crews work to treat or plow nearly 58,000 miles of roadway. While the entire state is impacted with snow to the west and south and icy conditions to the north, the hardest hit areas are central Virginia, the Hampton Roads region and the eastern shore, where many roads are in severe condition.
Here is what you need to know now:
- Driving conditions are treacherous. It’s best to stay off the roads through the weekend.
- Most roads are in severe condition in the Hampton Roads region. In addition to heavy snow, the region is experiencing high winds and blowing snow.
- Across much of the state, interstate and primary roads are mostly in moderate condition or snow covered, particularly in the southern half of Virginia. Secondary and subdivision streets are snow covered and treacherous.
- In northern Virginia, conditions are not as severe. Freezing temperatures and light dusting will freeze with more snow in Stafford and Fredericksburg.
- Accidents are reported throughout the state. As people attempt to drive in the snow today, there will be more spin-outs, and many motorists are not driving to conditions. If you must be out, take it slow, leave ample room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, do not brake suddenly and make sure your car is in safe winter driving condition. Tires with good tread is critical!
- VDOT crews are focusing efforts on interstate and primary routes before treating and plowing roads on secondary and subdivision streets.
- While the snow continues, crews make multiple passes on the major roads to keep them clear enough for emergency vehicles to travel.
- Low temperatures will slow snow removal efforts and even when secondary roads and neighborhood streets are plowed snow will remain frozen on the road surface
- When clearing your driveway, shovel to the right. This will cause less snow to be plowed back into driveways.
- Monitor road conditions by going to www.511virginia.org.
- If you need more information or report a specific road-related problem, go to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or call 1-800-FOR-ROADS.
Click here for more winter info. Watch a video message from Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne.
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