VDOT pretreats roads ahead of potential wintry weather Friday

VDOT pretreats roads ahead of potential wintry weather Friday
Pretreated roads. (Source: VDOT)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Transportation Richmond District has been working to pretreat roads ahead of potential wintry weather on Friday.

From early Friday morning throughout the day, there is a mix of wintry weather in the forecasts. The highest chance for accumulation is south of Richmond.

Thursday morning, crews started preparing equipment and pretreating interstates, primary and high volume secondary routes in the southern part of the district with a saltwater brine to prevent ice from bonding with the pavement.

Crews will gather in the southern region by 4 a.m. Friday to work on clearing any accumulation and slick conditions.

“Our biggest concern will be slick conditions for the Friday evening commute and overnight in our southernmost counties,” said Sean Nelson, Richmond District Maintenance Engineer. “We will also be watching closely for slick conditions Saturday morning. We are continuing to monitor forecasts in the district, and will adjust our response as conditions change.”

During the evening commute and overnight on Friday, VDOT says the driver should drive slower and be cautious as temperatures drop.

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