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VDOT: Motorists Urged to Stay Off Roads During Storm

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Release from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

RICHMOND – Snow is falling across most of Virginia this morning as roads are in mostly moderate, snow covered condition in the southern half of the state with minor conditions in the northern region.

Hardest hit will be the Hampton Roads region where the heaviest accumulations are expected through the day.

What you need to know now:

  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and contract crews are out in force to keep the roads as clear as possible. Even with the treatment and plowing, ROADS ARE SLICK. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO STAY OFF THE ROADS DURING THE STORM.
  • About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles. By staying off the roads during a winter storm, transportation workers and public-safety officials can clear roads and respond more quickly to emergency needs.
  • Crews work to clear interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and then other secondary roads and subdivision streets. Crews focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
  • Monitor road conditions by going to www.511virginia.org.
  • If you need more information or report a specific road-related problem, go to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or call 1-800-FOR-ROADS.

VDOT has approximately 2,500 crew members for snow-removal operations statewide. In addition, VDOT uses contractors to clear snow.

VDOT has nearly 13,000 pieces of equipment, including trucks, plows and spreaders, and more than 650,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives to treat roads.

Click here for more winter info.

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