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VDOT: 'Travel may be hazardous;' crews working to clear roads

VDOT: 'Crews will continue working in 12-hour shifts until roads are safe and passable'
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Posted at 8:49 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 10:38:13-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- For the second weekend in a row, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working to clear snow from roads as a storm brings rain, snow or a mix of precipitation to parts of the Commonwealth.

Officials said crews had completed pretreating all interstates, primary and major secondary routes with a saltwater brine as of Saturday afternoon.

"Now that rainy precipitation has started and temperatures are falling, they are on the move treating spots more likely to freeze with salt to melt ice and sand to enhance traction for drivers," VDOT officials said Sunday morning. "Crews will remain mobilized... addressing icy spots and snow accumulation as needed."

Officials noted that visibility was "reduced and travel may be hazardous" along Interstate 64 near Gayton Road in Henrico County.

"Interstate routes will be addressed first, followed by primary routes (numbered 1-599) and major secondary routes (numbered 600+)," officials said. "From there, crews will turn their attention to neighborhood streets. All cities and towns in the Richmond District provide their own snow clearance, and Henrico County maintains its own secondary route system."

Officials urged folks to stay off the roads if possible and said the "safest place during a winter storm is at home."

VDOT offered these tips for drivers:

  • Delay unnecessary travel until road conditions are safe. Make all required trips before precipitation starts tonight.
  • If travel is essential, avoid passing snow plows and spreader trucks or following them too closely. Please give VDOT crews room to work.
  • Keep an eye on local forecasts this weekend. Check 511 and other local resources for the latest conditions near you.
  • Call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ any time, 24/7, to report road hazards.