Hazardous road conditions along Richmond region prompts VDOT action

According to weather forecasts, the Richmond region is expected to receive 2-3 inches of mixed precipitation between this morning and Wednesday evening. While most of the precipitation is anticipated to fall as rain, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) cautioned drivers this morning to watch for possible icy patches on bridges, overpasses and ramps, especially in Goochland and Powhatan.

As the precipitation changes to heavy rain later today, drivers should watch for flooding in low-lying areas. 

Because of the wintery conditions this morning, VDOT crews have begun applying treatment to slick areas as needed to provide traction and melt ice. 

VDOT’s maintenance program has allocated $10.4 million for snow removal in the Richmond District, which includes storm preparation, anti-icing treatment and snow removal.

For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information about VDOT’s snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.

For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp