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VDOT preps for snow

The snow expected to start falling this afternoon (see forecast here) has Virginia Department of Transportation crews on the alert.

VDOT’s Kelly Hannon said drivers should expect wintry conditions, including poor visibility during expected heavy snowfall.

She also said drivers “should stay alert for slick or icy road conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which can freeze first.”

VDOT’s Fredericksburg district has plenty of equipment and resources to treat roads in its 14 counties. The highway department has nearly 900 pieces of equipment to clear snowy roads and spread out sand, salt and other chemicals in the area. VDOT has 35 trucks alone for Interstate 95 in the district.

For those who brave the elements, VDOT gives these driving tips:

  • Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Leave a few minutes early.
  • Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
  • 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.
  • Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
  • Drive smart and pay close attention.

Find VDOT’s 511 page here.

 

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