VDOT Readying for Wintry Weather

Nov. 25, 2013

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will report to work at midnight in the Culpeper District to prepare for the freezing rain and snow that may fall early Tuesday morning.

Slick conditions are likely during the morning commute, especially on bridge decks, ramps and turn lanes. Drivers are strongly urged to consider altering their travel plans to avoid driving during the time when freezing rain is forecast.

VDOT crews pre-treated Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa Counties and Interstate 66 in Fauquier County on Monday. The pre-treating process involves applying anti-icing chemicals to the road before a storm to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the pavement.

Even after roads are treated, however, freezing rain is hazardous and drivers should observe the following precautions:

-Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination.

-When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Drive gently and turn slowly.

-Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.

-Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.

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