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Jan. 23, 2013

VDOT pre-treating major routes

COLONIAL HEIGHTS –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will have crews on standby overnight in anticipation of winter precipitation after midnight in the Richmond region. According to weather forecasts, up to an inch of snow is expected, with the highest probability in areas north of Richmond. With temperatures remaining below freezing, the snow is expected to be dry, but is likely to stick to the road surface, creating slick spots.

VDOT and its contractors have been applying anti-icing treatment to bridges and overpasses along major routes today to prevent snow from bonding with the pavement. During a winter storm, bridges and overpasses tend to freeze before the road surface. Pre-treatment can be applied up to 48-hours before a winter weather event. Therefore, this treatment will also be useful Friday when another storm is predicted to impact the region.

Drivers are reminded that ice and snow can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. Once the storm begins, crews will apply sand and salt to major routes to melt snow/ice and provide traction. Use caution when driving late tonight into early Thursday morning.  

Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website,, before traveling. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road, VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.


VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance (including snow removal) and construction activities along interstates, primary and secondary routes 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.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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