VDOT is pre-treating roads ahead of potential snow this weekend

VDOT treating roads ahead of possible snow

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VDOT began doing its part to get the roads ready for snow.

They will continue pre-treating roads through the weekend to help break down ice and make it safer for you to drive.

This comes after Wednesday’s sudden snow dusting led to problems of black ice early Thursday morning.

Before winter weather arrived, VDOT inspected all of its equipment to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. There are 1,300 pieces of equipment ready to hit the road as well as 100,000 tons of salt and sand to keep you safe.

“We’ve been preparing for this since the end of last winter,” VDOT Spokesman Bob Spieldenner said.

Now it’s that time yet again. The weekend could bring snow to Virginia so VDOT is taking action now. Thursday, crews began showering roadways with a salt and water mixture.

"It helps keep the ice from forming on the road,” Spieldenner said.

While VDOT is already hard at work, crews will go into overdrive once any snow begins to fall.

"If we get any snow, the crews will be working 12-hour shifts throughout the day and night to get the roads passable and safe,” he added.

That's when they'll cover snow-filled roads with salt and sand.

"If it’s anywhere between 0 to 6 inches, we try to get at least one lane passable within 45 hours. If it's over 6 inches, then it's going to take a little more time,” Spieldenner said.

It’s all about keeping you safe. Wednesday’s sudden snowfall led to damp roads overnight, causing drivers to run into black ice Thursday morning. A crash on the James River Bridge Thursday showed how serious this can be.

"The temperatures at night are below freezing so any moisture if we've had any rain, any moisture, that can re-freeze on the road so folks need to be careful especially, in the early morning hours as they're headed to work. Just pay attention, slow downs and give yourself a little extra time to get to work,” he added.

Drivers are encouraged to do their part as VDOT does theirs to help us all get through the storm.

"We've got to keep an eye on this one, see what it’s going to do,” Spieldenner said.

If you see crews out and about, VDOT asks that you give them space so they can get the job done. Once the storm hits, avoiding the roads if you can, will help crews knock it out quicker.

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