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Jan. 24, 2013

Pre-treating major Richmond area routes before storm

COLONIAL HEIGHTS –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing for another winter storm to impact the Richmond area this week following this morning’s storm. According to weather forecasts, snow will begin to fall in areas to the south and west of Richmond around noon tomorrow and move east over the region through afternoon rush hour. This storm is expected to bring two to four inches of snow to the region, with highest accumulations south of Richmond.

VDOT crews and its contractors will continue to apply brine anti-icing treatment to major routes in the Richmond area today and tomorrow in preparation for the storm. These routes include I-95, I-64, I-295, I-85, I-195, the Downtown Expressway (Route 195), Powhite Parkway (Route 76), Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) and Route 288. Brine anti-icing treatment is applied to dry roads when the air temperature is 25 degrees or higher. It dries when applied and reactivates when precipitation hits the road surface to prevent snow and ice from bonding with the pavement. This allows crews to easily remove any snow and ice that may have accumulated on the surface during the storm.

VDOT will continue to monitor the forecast and adjust staffing and equipment levels as needed. 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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