VDOT Preparing for Possible Snowy Roads in Central Va.

Jan. 10, 2014

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently making its preparations for the winter storm that is forecast to affect Central Virginia Tuesday.

Crews are pre-treating Interstate 64, I-66 and high-volume primary roads with brine and readying equipment and supplies. They will report for duty at midnight Monday.

When snowfall begins, VDOT crews will treat roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. Operators begin plowing once the snow accumulates and the salt takes effect.

Officials say crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways, they will then shift resources to the secondary road system as conditions allow.

Some forecasts are predicting up to seven inches of snow accumulation throughout the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District, beginning in the early hours of Tuesday. The forecast is subject to change and residents are urged to check current weather and roadway conditions before they travel.

Any unnecessary travel should be avoided or delayed until after the storm passes.

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