VDOT prepares roadways ahead of expected winter weather

VDOT prepares roadways ahead of expected winter weather

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A wintry mix of ice and snow is expected north and west of Richmond Wednesday with mostly rain expected in the Richmond area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging drivers to watch forecasts and road conditions as winter weather is expected to impact the state starting overnight Wednesday.

With conditions expected to vary across the state, VDOT is urging anyone who does not need to travel Wednesday to stay home.

In Charlottesville, Public Works crews are spreading 20,000 gallons of brine solution over the roads.

“If the weather does change, and which you have a heavier snow event, then we will make the switch from applying the chemical application to the pushing of the snow,” Public Works Director David Brown said.

“VDOT crews have started pretreatment operations and stand ready to clear roadways once winter weather begins. With high winds expected throughout the event, contractors are on standby to assist with downed trees, branches and debris,” VDOT said.

VDOT crews were putting brine on the roads in portions of the state to help keep roads clear Wednesday.

If you need to drive on Wednesday, VDOT says to use the following tips if the weather impacts roadways.

  • Give crews time to treat roads.
  • If you must travel during adverse weather conditions:
  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you
  • Brake very lightly to keep your tires from slipping on pavement
  • Do not pass snow plows

VDOT Spokesperson Bethanie Glover says shift exchange times between work crews treating the roads could take longer than expected as crews are now required to wipe down their vehicles at the end of their shift per pandemic safety guidelines.

“While that may increase the driver exchange timeline, crews will continue to work around the clock to make sure roads are safe and passable during winter weather,” Glover said.

VDOT says it will also be monitoring rising temperatures to address refreezing that might occur Wednesday night.

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