VDOT prepping for winter mess Monday

Posted at 7:53 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-14 21:44:08-05

RICHMOND, Va. --  Virginia Department of Transportation officials said they are not taking any chances with Monday’s impending winter storm.

VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said crews started pre-treating roads Friday and will continue to work throughout the storm. Crews have focused on shaded areas, curves and raise pavement surfaces such as bridges, overpasses and ramps.

She warned road conditions will be treacherous.

“We want drivers to be careful," LeGrand said. "We`re seeing different types of precipitation, but that doesn`t necessarily mean travel conditions won`t be hazardous throughout the day.”

Additionally, LeGrand said VDOT’s salt supply is nearly at full capacity with over 47,000 tons of salt, 24,000 tons of sand, and 175,000 gallons of brine on hand. She reminds drivers that while crews have pre-treated the roads, salt becomes ineffective in temperatures below 20 degrees.

CBS 6’s Brendan King spoke to drivers who say despite the potential messy road conditions, they still have to get out on the roads.

“I have to work and at times bosses can be like they don`t care they want you come in," Stephanie Bowman said.

VDOT strongly advises drivers to closely monitor travel conditions and plan to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm, as conditions may deteriorate quickly. If travel is necessary, drivers are encouraged to:

  • Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses, hills, ramps and shady spots.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snow removal equipment.
  • Do not pass snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • If you begin to skid, do not brake. Take your foot off the gas and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.
  • Call 511 or check before traveling.
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