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VDOT prepares before possible incoming storm late Jan. 6

VDOT treats roads
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 5:58 PM EST
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Slippery road conditions throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County have some people asking why the Virginia Department of Transportation didn’t better prepare for Monday’s snowstorm.

Staff members with VDOT say the best decision was made, but things will look different ahead of the snow forecasted for late Thursday, Jan. 6.

VDOT says tonight’s storm will be a lot easier to deal with because it is expected to start with snow instead of rain.

“What we put down is a brine solution, which is predominantly water mixed with salt and other chemicals to be able to pretreat the roads to prevent a bonding of the surface with the snow,” VDOT Commissioner Stephen C. Brich said.

A storm that begins with rain washes that brine away early.

This new storm will come before the previous snow is cleaned up, though.

“We still have trees down that are entangled with power lines. We are working with the power companies to make sure that those lines are de- energized before we can get in and clear those roadways,” Brich said.

Major General Tim Williams is responsible for Virginia’s Army National Guard. He says a top priority is making sure we don’t see a similar incident like I-95, where people were trapped inside their cars for more than 24 hours.

“A reminder to everybody, National Guard personnel live throughout the state of Virginia in their civilian jobs, so it takes about 24 hours to bring those soldiers and airmen on duty and make sure that they’re staged ready, and prepared to support the commonwealth,” Williams said.

VDOT says its crews are working around the clock to make for the safest conditions possible. It also urges drivers to limit nonessential travel, and to give snow plows plenty of space.

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