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Major roads around Richmond clear of ice and snow

Posted at 1:50 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 13:50:43-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said most interstates and major roads in the metro-Richmond area had been plowed and treated by Monday morning following Sunday's winter storm.

Crews planned to focus on secondary and neighborhood roads throughout the day Monday.

VDOT spokesperson Bethanie Glover wanted to remind drivers to use caution even if roads looked clear.

She said if the pavement was wet and temperatures were low, there was a chance for ice patches forming.

Glover said Monday, crews were especially focused on the northern half from the region -- from Petersburg north.

She said the majority of interstates and major roads were clear and passable.

She asked those in neighborhoods where plows were working to take simple steps to allow space for the plow to work -- like parking vehicles in a driveway.

"Parked cars along the roadway can be difficult for plows to maneuver through," said Glover. "The plow itself is very wide. So sometimes they'll bypass the road if they aren't able to fit through there."

Glover also gave advice on how to shovel your driveway.

"If you're shoveling and you don't want the snow to get plowed back into your driveway, it's important to shovel to the right -- if you're facing your home, shovel your snow to the right of your driveway, so that that snow doesn't get plowed back into your driveway," said Glover.

Glover said crews had made great progress, so they expected to have all secondary and neighborhood routes plowed Monday.

She said crews would continue to address slick spots as needed into the overnight.

Glover said if there is anyone who lives in a county route, whose neighborhood hasn’t been addressed yet, they can call VDOT's customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD.