Road Conditions: State Police, VDOT Urge Drivers to Stay Off Roads

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Drivers carefully cruise down Monticello Avenue as snow begins to fall Jan. 22, 2016. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
Drivers carefully cruise down Monticello Avenue as snow begins to fall Jan. 22, 2016. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

State agencies, including the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation, are addressing a growing number of car accidents as snow falls in Hampton Roads today and are urging motorists to take caution and avoid unnecessary travel.

From midnight to 6 p.m. Friday, state troopers responded to 269 traffic crashes and 81 disabled vehicles in Division V, an area that includes Williamsburg and Hampton Roads as well as Tidewater, the Eastern Shore, Franklin and Emporia.

Motorists who must pull off the road due to an accident or a disabled vehicle are asked to stay with their car, as abandoning it could cause more delays and prevent VDOT trucks and other emergency vehicles from traveling through an area, according to an email from Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

Commuters should slow down, buckle up, use headlights and be alert for slick road conditions if they must drive, Anaya wrote.

WYDaily will update this list of road conditions and accidents in the Historic Triangle throughout the weekend:

James City County: VDOT is reporting moderate levels of snow and ice on primary roads and severe deep snow and ice on secondary roads throughout the county. Icy patches are reported on secondary roads, bridges, ramps and along I-64.

York County: VDOT is reporting moderate levels of snow and ice on primary and secondary roads, bridges and ramps throughout the county. VDOT is also reporting icy patches on I-64.

 

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As of Friday morning, VDOT has pre-treated all interstates on the Southside and on the Peninsula along with bridges, ramps and overpasses. Additionally, primary and some secondary routes have been pre-treated.

According to a VDOT statement, Friday’s afternoon rush hour “may present the greatest challenge based on snow predictions” and, although the snow is expected to change over to rain, refreezing may occur due to cold air and pavement temperatures.

VDOT crews will be “working around the clock” to clear roadways with the goal of having all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the storm’s conclusion, unless there are additional accumulations.

Commuters are asked to report any problems they observe on roadways, such as downed power lines and tree limbs, to the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-For-Road (1-800-367-7623).

Late last year VDOT announced it has almost 450 pieces of equipment, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, available to handle snow and ice events this winter.

Additionally, VDOT has 25,000 tons of salt, 9,000 tons of sand, 1,400 tons of treated abrasives and 106,000 gallons of salt brine for road treatment this winter.