SUFFOLK — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District has announced that it’s preparing for the anticipated winter weather that’s expected to reach the area this weekend.
VDOT recommends that motorists limit nonessential travel beginning Friday afternoon, Jan. 28 through the remainder of the weekend because they anticipate travel will become hazardous.
The VDOT crews have been mobilizing since this morning for pretreatment activities on the district’s interstates, primary and high-volume secondary roads.
The road work is expected to be completed no later than Friday morning ahead of the storm, and VDOT crews have already gathered material and loaded equipment to address potential road impacts in the coming days. Additionally, VDOT says that there is equipment loaded with plows and spreaders ready to address the varying road conditions that may be present throughout the length of the storm.
Beginning Friday, crews will work in shifts as part of 24-hour operations to clear and treat the interstate and state-maintained roadways as needed.
The 64 Express Lanes (reversible roadway) will be closed starting as early as 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 through 5 a.m. on Jan. 31.
VDOT will continue to monitor road surfaces as temperatures and conditions change throughout the weekend and recommends that motorists should monitor the weather and road conditions as well.