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State Police respond to 2,275 calls for service Thursday, more expected

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Posted at 10:59 PM, Mar 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-05 22:59:51-05

RICHMOND, Va. – There are mixed conditions on the roads around Central Virginia

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to work in 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads.

The agency reported that conditions on most interstates, primary and secondary roadways range from minor (isolated spots of snow, ice or slush) to moderate (snow or ice on major portions of the road).

Severe road conditions (drifting snow or partially blocked roadways) have been reported in areas along the Interstate 95 corridor. Many roads in the southwestern part of the state have been closed due to flooding.

State police responded to 274 crashes between 12 and 8 p.m. Thursday, in the Richmond division.  There were 13 injured and 258 counts of property damage due to the roads. State Police responded to 423 service calls in the Richmond division.

There were 2,275 calls for service statewide during that same time.

Motorists should continue to avoid travel and are reminded that low temperatures tonight and tomorrow could lead to icy roads, especially on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas.

If travel is absolutely necessary, motorists should use extreme caution, allow additional time to reach their destination, drive slower and allow extra space between vehicles.

Travelers should also check real-time road conditions before going out by using or VDOT’s free 511 mobile app, visiting 511Virginia.org or by calling 511. The agency is also on Facebook and Twitter.

To report roadway hazards calls VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623.