Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Jan. 6, 2017
VDOT MOBILIZED FOR STATEWIDE SNOW STORM
Motorists urged to stay off roads tonight through tomorrow morning to afternoon when storm is expected to impact much of state
Go to 511virginia.org to monitor latest road conditions
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have pre-treated roads with salt and other materials where needed in advance of a snow storm on track to impact much of the state this weekend. The Hampton Roads region is expected to be the hardest hit, with heavy accumulations tonight lasting through tomorrow afternoon.
VDOT is deploying crewmembers and equipment from less impacted districts to help snow removal efforts in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth. While these cities manage their own snow removal, VDOT is able to assist the localities to keep their roads as clear as possible.
What motorists need to know now:
- While VDOT crews have pre-treated roads, once snow falls, roads will be slick and driving conditions will be hazardous.
- Motorists are urged to STAY OFF THE ROADS during the storm. About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles. By staying off the roads during a winter storm, transportation workers and public-safety officials can clear roads and respond more quickly to emergency needs.
- VDOT and contract crews will be out in force around the clock to clear roads.
- When the storm hits, crews work to clear interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and then other secondary roads and subdivision streets. Crews focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
- Monitor weather conditions from your local news sources and go to www.511virginia.org for the latest road conditions before heading out once the storm has passed. Even after the storm has passed, avoid or limit travel until roads are in better condition. When traveling on snowy roads, make sure your vehicle is winterized, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you, brake very lightly to avoid your tires from slipping on pavement and do not pass snowplows. Click here for more safety tips.
- To report a weather related issue on roads go to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or call 1-800-FOR-ROADS.
- More information on winter weather travel is at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
- VDOT has approximately 2,500 crewmembers for snow-removal operations statewide. In addition, VDOT uses contractors to maintain the interstates throughout the commonwealth. Snow removal is one of the main functions of these contractors.
- VDOT has nearly 13,000 pieces of equipment and more than 650,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives at the beginning of the winter season.
- A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges allows VDOT maintenance crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.
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.