VDOT Begins Prepping Roads for Snow and Ice

December 17, 2009

With a winter storm watch in effect for Central Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation says they're prepared to deal with the impending snow storm. VDOT says their crews are ready for a full response to the four to seven inches of snow predicted to fall Friday evening through Saturday.

Crews will spray anti-icing chemicals on pavements and bridges, and prepare personnel, supplies and equipment to address this weekend’s weather beginning Thursday.

“As an emergency response agency, Virginians can count on us to keep people, services and goods moving safely around the commonwealth,” said David S. Ekern, VDOT commissioner in a statement. “Our crews are prepared to respond to the predicted major storm beginning Friday through Sunday in all areas of the state.”

VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:

- Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org

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

- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges

- 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

Last year, VDOT expanded the use of the latest anti-icing techniques and will continue to use these methods during the 2009-2010 snow season. Anti-icing involves applying chemicals to roadways before a storm to prepare the pavement and prevent a bond from forming between the surface and the snow and ice.

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