VDOT works to pre-treat major roads and interstates ahead of Friday’s winter weather

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is mobilizing to plow and treat roads ahead of the winter weather slated for overnight Thursday into Friday.

VDOT crews and contractors will be pre-treating major roads and interstates ahead of the wintry weather. Drivers should use caution around slow-moving trucks that will be applying brine. 

When it comes to pre-treating roadways, VDOT’s first priority in any winter weather event is the interstates, primary roads, and high volume secondary roads. Equipment operators will be making multiple passes over these major routes and will not work on low-volume secondary roads or neighborhood streets. Crews will begin to work on these low-volume roadways once the precipitation stops and progress is made on the main roads.

VDOT recommends that drivers plan ahead and travel around the weather event, as slick roads and rapidly changing conditions are possible. 

Travelers can get information on road conditions, traffic incidents, and congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.

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