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VDOT Prepares Roads for Another Winter Blast

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SUFFOLK, Va.- As light snow started falling across Hampton Roads Tuesday, crews began pretreating Interstates on both the Peninsula and Southside in advance of the afternoon commute. Salt trucks are focusing on ramps, bridges, overpasses and “hot spots” identified by our interstate monitors.

VDOT crews in the Franklin and Williamsburg areas began pretreating primary and secondary roads Tuesday morning and will continue their work through Wednesday when a more significant amount of snow is expected to drop on Hampton Roads.

Accomac has crews monitoring road conditions throughout Accomack and Northampton Counties. A night shift is prepared to come in tonight if conditions warrant. Currently, Accomac is also experiencing a steady snowfall with temperature readings at 25 degrees and falling steadily.

The snow is expected to taper off and return at a heavier pace late Wednesday so salt and brine trucks will be on the roadways throughout the day tomorrow. VDOT crews will begin 12-hour shifts at 8pm Wednesday and snow plows will be ready to push as snow accumulates.

Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for potentially icy areas as temperatures drop. Here are some safe driving tips to consider before heading out for travel:

Always Make Sure:

· Keep a safe driving distance between other vehicles-at least five seconds.

· Keep headlights on to increase visibility.

· Allow additional travel time.

· Keep an eye out for icy patches, including shaded roadways and bridges.

· Don't slam on brakes when traveling on ice. Don't make sudden turns causing you to spin out of control.

· Drive Smart.

· Your vehicle is prepared for winter by keeping windows, lights and mirrors clear.

· Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511virginia.org, call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for the most current conditions and advisories. Information is also available on Twitter@VaDOTHR.

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