VDOT preps for snow on roads

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The winter weather headed our way. Crews aren't wasting any time. They'll begin treating roads tonight in an effort to get ahead of the storm.

What a difference the next 24 hours will make. From trees to trucks, expect snow to cover it all. If you must drive, watch out for road crews and don't forget to change your driving habits.

"We're going to try to get through this the best we can, to make sure that our roads stay and remain safe," said Taya Jarman with the Virginia Department of Transpiration.

She says road crews have weathered past storms using those experiences to prepare for Mother Nature's snowy delivery.

"We're planning on having skeletal crews work throughout the evening as well as through tomorrow morning," said Jarman.

At midnight tonight, crews will drop anti-icing material on major roads and highways.

"We have our pavement sensors that are located in strategic bridges and overpasses. And that gives us the actual pavement temperature," she said.

VDOT staff will monitor traffic from cameras which show video in real time.

"Our highway message boards. We will activate those in the event that we see that there is some slick weather beginning to fall," Jarman said.

But safety can't be left up to only these trucks and warning signs.

"If they're going the speed limit, they're going too fast," she said.

During inclement weather, add time to your trip, watch out for icy bridges and overpasses, and increase the distance between you and other vehicles. And before you start your car: dial 511 for the latest road conditions.

"This is really a statewide effort. We're all in this together to try to make sure we get through it," said Jarman.

VDOT has more money for this year's winter driving season. Its goal is to have all major roads and highways passable within 48 hours after a storm ends.

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