VDOT Prepares Valley Roads for Major Snowfall

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In the valley, the early forecasts gave the Virginia Department of Transportation a leg up in preparing for what may be the biggest winter storm to hit the area in years.

Crews started pre-treating the roads with chemicals Tuesday and as the snow accumulates, VDOT will have workers placed strategically off interstate ramps to respond to car break-downs and wrecks.

It has also coordinated with contractors on snow removal and potential tree cut-downs.

"It has been that kind of winter, where we've had a lot of small to medium storms that have certainly taken up a lot of our resources, from manpower to salts, abrasives, but this one looks to top them all so far,” said VDOT communications specialist Ken Slack.

The early notice and work also gave crews a chance to head home early Wednesday so they can be well-rested for 12-hour shifts through Thursday.

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