Laurie Simmons 757-925-1647


Feb. 26, 2015

Motorists should stay off the roads for safety, and to allow roads to be cleared

SUFFOLK – Virginia Department of Transportation crews are plowing roads and applying salt and sand across the district as a major winter storm begins to move out of the region. The storm continues to bring precipitation across the north and east areas of the district, and travel remains dangerous through the day Thursday. Motorists are asked to limit travel today to the absolutely essential, as conditions will remain treacherous on most roadways and clearing operations work best with less traffic.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, VDOT contractor trucks were working on interstates on the Peninsula and the southside, with most interstates passable. Crews are focusing on ramps and shoulders. Snow was ending on the southside, with most primary roads moderately passable. Many secondary roads remain in poor condition. On the Peninsula, with precipitation continuing, work continues to keep lanes clear. As the snow ends, extra assets will be directed to get Peninsula interstates cleared. Refreezing is a definite possibility tonight across the district, and work will continue overnight to maintain conditions and continue clearing.

Work is also underway on primary routes throughout the District, with snow mostly over in the west, in Emporia, Franklin and Windsor. Toward the east, including Williamsburg and Accomack County, conditions remain severe as snow continues to fall. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

For those who must travel today, VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol trucks are also out in force to provide assistance to disabled vehicles on the interstates.

VDOT asks drivers to use caution during winter weather, to slow down and allow extra time to reach their destinations, and to watch for ice, especially on ramps, bridges, overpasses, hills and curves. When you see VDOT crews clearing roads, please allow them space to get their job done, and avoid passing the trucks if at all possible.

Visit, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.


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