VDOT Working to Clear Roadways, Warns of Hazardous Conditions

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Another winter storm has affected the road ways in Central Virginia, this time right in the middle of Thursday’s evening commute.

Beware that due to the frigid overnight temps, some roadways may have icy spots from snow and slush refreezing. Bridges and overpasses are always the first places to freeze up.

Secondary roads are also concerns for Friday morning.

Even before the rain fully changed over to sleet on Thursday, drivers were slipping and sliding on the roads.

“We were not able to pre-treat (the roads) for this particular storm because it started out as a rain event,” Lindsay LeGrand with VDOT told 8News reporter Ava-Joye Burnett. “So what that means is any moisture in the precipitation would wash away any of the resources and material on the pavement, so that would really make it ineffective and would essentially be a waste.”

Once the rain stopped and the snow and sleet moved in, VDOT crews were finally able to hit the roads. But now they are having to move quickly and try to stay ahead of the storm. With temps in the teens, crews are focused on applying sand on roadways.

“Limit traffic if at all possible.”

Remember, you can check road conditions anytime of day by checking their 511 smartphone application, calling the 511 number or visiting them online. VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

· Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
· Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
· Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.

Click here for more tips for driving in winter weather from AAA. 

Stay with 8News for the latest updates to this developing story.

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