VDOT: Crews making ‘significant progress’ on neighborhood main roads

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says crews have made significant progress on main roads within subdivisions and are focusing on neighborhood side streets.

Due to narrow roads and small cul de sacs, VDOT continues to work with specialized equipment to help address otherwise hard to reach residual snow and ice pack from the weekend storm. Front end loaders and motor graders will help crews access roads with cars parked along the sides and cul de sacs. While the equipment is effective, an individual piece is able to address about two miles of roadway an hour, which compares to approximately 10 to 15 miles an hour in a dump truck outfitted with a spreader and a plow.

VDOT crews continue working in rotating 12-hour shifts as a part of emergency operations. Almost every road is passable at this hour, meaning a piece of equipment has made a pass through the roadway and/or applied salt and sand to affected areas. Passable does not necessarily mean that the pavement is bare.

Crews will continue returning to trouble spots to widen the drivable pathway and plow shoulders packed with snow and ice.

Drivers are encouraged to use caution on neighborhood roads and to check 511virginia.org before traveling for the latest road conditions.

Those wishing to report road hazards, potholes or any other issue may do so by contacting our customer service center. The call center at (800) FOR-ROAD (367-7623) is experiencing a high volume of phone calls; online reporting is also available at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.

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