For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas 804-225-4262 | VDOT: Tamara Rollison, 804-786-2715 (office) 804-335-5758 (cell)

Governor McAuliffe Announces VDOT is Preparing for Statewide Snow Storm

 

Anti-icing operations under way; crews, equipment and supplies ready to go  

 

RICHMOND –Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are conducting anti-icing operations on major roadways across the state in preparation for a significant snow storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth beginning tomorrow afternoon. 

“VDOT is in a constant state of preparation and response mode this winter to clear roadways and keep traffic and commerce moving as safely as possible,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “Crews will be out in force through the duration of the storm to treat and plow roads.  Motorists are urged to avoid driving during the snow storm because of slick road conditions.” 

The storm is expected to impact all of Virginia from tomorrow afternoon through Thursday morning, with up to a foot of snow in many areas of the state. Some freezing rain and sleet may be possible in the western Hampton Roads, eastern Fredericksburg and eastern Richmond regions.  

More than 12,300 pieces of equipment, including trucks and plows will be deployed.  VDOT is also prepared to remove trees, branches and other debris that may fall on roadways.   

Information for motorists: 

  • Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
  • Avoid driving during the storm
  • Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car
  • Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
  • Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information
  • You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to  report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center
  • When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down

Road priorities

VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes - interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets.   In northern Virginia, crews work on high‐volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently.

A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, plus 16 mobile video data platforms, allows crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.

For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

 

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