For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2014
VDOT: Tamara Rollison, 804-335-5758 (cell)
Slick Conditions Across the State as VDOT Crews Continue to Plow and Treat Roads
Motorists are warned to avoid or limit travel
RICHMOND –Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been out through the morning plowing and treating roads across the state, with the focus on clearing interstate and primary routes. While roads are open, many of them are in moderate condition, with snow and ice cover on major portions of pavement, particularly in western Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region, and central and northern Virginia. Rain in the Richmond region has helped to break down snow accumulation on major roads. They are wet and slick. Snow turned to rain in the Hampton Roads region last night.
Secondary roads – subdivision and neighborhood streets – are mostly snow and ice covered.
Residents and motorists need to know the following:
- Delay or limit travel this morning because of slick and difficult driving conditions, with the most severe conditions on secondary and neighborhood streets.
- Check road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or logging onto www.511Virginia.org.
- When traveling, slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
- Watch for icy conditions on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Do not pass snow removal equipment.
- When shoveling, leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back. Shovel to the right facing the road.
- Another round of snow is expected in parts of the state today; be watchful of changing conditions.
Crews clear interstate and primary roads first because they have the highest traffic volumes, then plow and treat secondary roads.
In northern Virginia, crews work on high‐volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently. Residents can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood.
Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center: 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).