For Immediate Release: February 12, 2014
Contacts: VDOT: Tamara Rollison, 804-786-2715 (office) -804-335-5758 (cell)

VDOT Crews out in Force Plowing Across the State

 

Motorists are warned to avoid or limit travel during the storm; driving conditions are difficult

 

RICHMOND –Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are in full deployment conducting snow removal operations across the state.  Roads are mostly in moderate condition, with snow covering a major portion of the pavement. 

Travel conditions are difficult and are expected to become more hazardous once sleet and freezing rain follow the snow early this morning. 

VDOT urges motorists to avoid or limit travel as much as possible through tonight and tomorrow morning. The safest place during this winter storm is indoors.  About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in an automobile. 

VDOT is doing the following tonight: 

  • More than 2,500 crewmembers in addition to contractors are treating roads or plowing snow across the state using over 12,300 pieces of equipment, including trucks and plows.

  • Crews are clearing interstate and primary roads first because they have the highest traffic volumes.  In northern Virginia, crews work on high‐volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently.

  • VDOT’s Safety Service Patrols are out on the roadways to help clear accidents or assist motorists. 

  • Wreckers are positioned at strategic locations on interstates.

  • Tree and debris removal contractors are standing by.  

For more information: 

  • Call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for the latest on road conditions.  

  • Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center - 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

 

 

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