VDOT News - Richmond
Kyle Gibson 804-921-2759; Media inquiries 804-586-4455
Jan. 27, 2022
PRETREATING BEGINS FOR ANOTHER WEEKEND STORM IN RICHMOND DISTRICT
Major district routes will be treated today
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Winter weather is appearing once again in forecasts, which means the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District is on the move.
Teams are preparing equipment and pretreating all interstates and major primary and secondary routes in the 14-county Richmond District. Routes will be treated with saltwater brine to reduce the chance of ice bonding with pavement. Pretreatment is expected to be complete by late Thursday.
“Our weather partners are indicating that snow should enter the district late Friday and could potentially stick around until Saturday afternoon,” said Gary Jennings, Acting Richmond District Maintenance Engineer. “Drivers should make preparations now to limit nonessential travel during and after the storm. We urge drivers to plan travel around a winter storm, not during the storm.”
More than 1,400 pieces of equipment, including trucks, plows, tractors and motor graders, are ready in the Richmond District to address road impacts during and after winter weather events.
Tips for drivers
- Give pretreating crews and snow plows plenty of room (at least 100 feet) and don't pass them. Drivers may encounter slow-moving equipment on the roads during winter weather events.
- Follow all safety guidance from local officials and resources, and prepare now before precipitation begins over the weekend.
Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by using 511 Virginia. Call 511 from any phone in Virginia, visit www.511virginia.org or download the free mobile app at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app.
Facebook: Visit VDOT’s statewide page and follow the Richmond District group: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT
Customer service center
Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or using the online form available at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.
For more winter driving information, please visit VDOT's winter weather page.
VDOT’s Richmond District oversees snow removal activities on approximately 19,000 lane miles of roads 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. Henrico County provides snow removal for their secondary roads (numbered 600 and above) and subdivision streets. Cities that provide their own snow removal include Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, and the towns of Ashland, Blackstone, Chase City and South Hill.
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