For Immediate Release: March 16, 2014
Contacts: Tamara Rollison, 804-786-2715 (office) -804-335-5758 (cell)

Statewide - Slick Driving Conditions Across Much of the State with Wintry Mix of Rain, Sleet and Snow

 

Motorists urged to avoid or limit travel

 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are treating and clearing roads as the latest winter storm freezes the state once again.  Major roadways in the Shenandoah, northern and central regions of the state are showing snow conditions, ranging from minor to moderate.  Traveling will become more difficult as wet pavement freezes in areas where it is raining or sleeting.   

Motorists should: 

  • Avoid or limit travel during the storm

  • Get information before traveling by monitoring local weather reports, calling 511 or visiting www.511virginia.org where they can also download a free 511 mobile app to get the latest road conditions

  • Prepare their car for winter driving, including having an emergency kit

  • Give themselves plenty of time to reach their destination

  • Take it slow while on the road and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles

  • Travel gently on snow and ice, don’t slam on the brakes and turn slowly to avoid spinning out of control

 

Motorists 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.

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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