VDOT begins pre-treating roads ahead of winter’s next blast

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – With another round of winter weather in the forecast on Thursday night, VDOT says they are already gearing up to treat roads before the storm and plow roads during and after the snow.

Earlier this week, heavy rain ahead of the snow prohibited VDOT from pre-treating roads. This time, with the colder temperatures, roads will be able to be pre-treated.

VDOT is suggesting drivers plan travel around the forecasted weather event as slick roads and rapidly-changing conditions are possible – especially during the evening commute on Thursday and into the morning hours on Friday.

With cold pavement temperatures, many roads – particularly secondary roads and neighborhood streets (those numbered 600 and above) – will become snow-covered at a faster rate than earlier this week.

Crews and contractors have already begun pre-treating major roads and interstates ahead of the storm.

Drivers are asked to use caution around slower-moving vehicles that will be applying brine.

VDOT says their first priorities are the interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and high-volume secondary roads.

Equipment operators will be making multiple passes over these major roadways and will not work on low-volume secondary or neighborhood roads until the precipitation stops and progress is made on the main roads.

For information on travel – including road conditions and traffic incidents – visit 511virginia.org or use VDOT’s 511 mobile app.

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