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VDOT facing ‘extensive’ cleanup; secondary roads will be ‘difficult’ for next few days

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-24 08:43:32-05

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Virginia Department of Transportation officials say crews working 12-hour shifts are making progress clearing the snow from area roadways now that the storm has passed.

As a result, interstates and primary routes (numbered 1-599) are beginning to improve. However, Secondary routes remain treacherous and "severe" meaning heavy snow and ice are covering the pavement.

And since more than a foot of snow fell in much of the area, officials said crews are facing an "extensive" cleanup. VDOT continues to urge folks to stay home for their safety since snow drifts and icy conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and ramps, will continue to be hazardous.

“While some of the roads may be clearing, navigating secondary routes will be difficult over the next few days,” sRichmond District Maintenance Engineer Steven McNeely said. "Travel dangers will continue on even the major routes as piles of plowed snow melts and refreezes on the pavement.”

VDOT also thanked for the public for their patience as the big job continues.

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