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Tiffany Whitfield 757-925-1516
Tiffany.Whitfield@VDOT.Virginia.Gov

HRO-110373

Jan. 7, 2017



HELENA IS HERE AND VDOT CREWS ARE ON THE MOVE
Motorists urged to stay home

SUFFOLK- Winter Storm Helena is moving into Hampton Roads bringing ice and snow. VDOT crews and personnel are working 12-hour shifts to clear area interstates, bridges, overpasses, ramps, primary roads and secondary roads. Drivers are urged to stay off the roads.

Crews will clear snow and monitor roadways throughout the weekend. If you have to be on the highways while VDOT crews are working, please use extreme caution while driving and do not crowd our plows. 

VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends, if there are no additional accumulations. 

Motorists are reminded of the following safe driving tips:

  • Bridge decks freeze first so watch for slick conditions. 
  • Always brush snow and ice from your vehicles’ windows and lights, hood and roof so the snow buildup doesn’t break loose and become a road hazard to other drivers.
  • Don’t crowd our plows!  Keep a safe distance.
  • Prepare to brake early to allow for stopping distance in poor weather conditions.
  • Know Before You Go and check traffic conditions!   
    • Download VDOT’s FREE 511 mobile app. Call 511, or visit: www.511virginia.org
    • To report a road hazard or to ask a road-related question, reach out to VDOT’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). 
    • Further information on travel conditions is available at: 

      http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

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