RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have begun full preparations for the significant winter weather expected to impact the commonwealth today and tomorrow. Anti-icing operations have been conducted on major roads across the state, which started yesterday and continued through this morning. Salt and brine help to melt ice and snow, creating greater friction on road surfaces.
VDOT crews will conduct snow removal efforts throughout the duration of the storm, focusing first on heavily traveled interstate and primary roads, then turning to secondary roads and subdivision streets.
VDOT also has coordinated efforts with utility companies in anticipation of downed power lines. In an effort to restore power as soon as possible, the power company removes the lines, then VDOT removes trees and debris from the roads. Never attempt to drive over or remove downed power lines yourself.
Motorists are encouraged to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.
Winter weather driving tips and other preparations:
- Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
- Avoid driving during the storm
- Prepare your vehicle for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your vehicle
- Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
- Before getting behind the wheel, call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org to get the latest information on road conditions
- Call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions
For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.