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New VDOT website features snow plow tracker, information about residential work

(Courtesy VDOT)

Being caught off-guard by road work in your neighborhood should become less of a headache with a new website from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

VDOT’s new website, VDOT and Your Neighborhood, will provide information about maintenance activities and other road issues in specific residential areas, according to a news release.

The goal is to give residents as much information about the roadways as possible, the release said.

“We want people to know about and understand the maintenance work that goes on in their neighborhoods,” Charles Kilpatrick, VDOT commissioner, said. “The information found on VDOT and Your Neighborhood isn’t new, but having these commonly discussed topics in one place makes it quick and easy to find answers when questions arise.”

The website will also provide snow plow information for residents during inclement winter weather.

The snow tracker equips VDOT and contractor trucks with automatic vehicle location technology. The technology allows plows to be monitored during removal after snowfall reaches two inches or more.

The content on the site is based on questions frequently asked by residents about their neighborhoods, the release said. Popular topics include paving and pothole repairs, drainage, snow removal, and claims.

Users can also find information on speed limits, residential traffic issues and more. The site will provide contact information for those in need of assistance.

“Sometimes VDOT work can be disruptive and unexpected,” said Branco Vlacich, maintenance division director, in the release. “This site will provide details about maintenance activities so residents know what to expect.”

VDOT expects the site to grow as more users interact with the platform, and also plans to add more topics that affect residential areas.

VDOT maintains more than 48,000 lane miles of secondary highway, according to their website. Most of these roads are located in residential locations and range from gravel roads to subdivision streets.

This website comes in addition to VDOT’s 511 system, which includes apps, telephone information and up-to-date travel information for users.

For more information visit VDOT’s website.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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