For Immediate Release: February 13, 2014
Contacts: VDOT: Tamara Rollison, 804-335-5758 (cell)

VDOT Crews Continue Snow and Ice Removal Operations

 

Motorists are warned to avoid or limit driving through the night and morning 

While Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews made significant progress clearing roads across the state, the latest round of snow Thursday evening has caused difficult driving conditions.   With the additional snow and dropping temperatures, road surfaces are slick. 

Winter weather impacts are most severe in western Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, followed by northern and central Virginia.   

Major routes – interstates and primaries – are clear but have some snow and ice cover. Secondary roads – subdivision and neighborhood streets – are mostly in moderate to severe conditions.

VDOT crews continue to work around the clock, removing snow and ice from interstates and primaries first, and then focus efforts on 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.

Motorists should avoid or limit travel tonight through tomorrow morning. 

If traveling is essential, drivers need to: 

  • Know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Call 511 or check www.511virginia.org for the latest traffic and road conditions before traveling; another information source is VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center - 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Be aware of icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows. 

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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