For Immediate Release: February 14, 2014
Contacts: VDOT: Tamara Rollison, 804-335-5758 (cell)

Icy Road Conditions Across Much of Virginia

 

Motorists urged to limit travel this morning and check 511 before driving 

 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to make significant progress clearing roads of ice and snow over much of the state.  Interstates and heavily traveled primary roads are mostly in minor condition, with some ice and snow patches.  Motorists should watch for refreezing, causing slick driving conditions this morning.  

Crews are focusing efforts on removing snow and ice on secondary roads – lower traveled routes and subdivision streets.  These routes are mostly in moderate condition, with snow and ice covering much of the pavement.  

Information for motorists: 

  • Delay or limit travel this morning because road conditions are slick; any wet areas could refreeze and difficult driving conditions remain on many secondary roads.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In northern Virginia, 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).

 

On VDOT’s YouTube and Flickr 

Ride along with a VDOT plow driver
http://youtu.be/fyfXFG9HXmU 

Latest photos of snow removal operations:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vadot/sets/72157640889100594/

 

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