Road crews prepare for ice and snow

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 9:48 PM

HAMPTON ROADS- Road crews across the area are preparing their response to a winter blast that could mean icy conditions on some area roads and bridges. The Virginia Department of Transportation says they expect rain followed by dropping temperatures to cause problems on bridges and overpasses in Hampton Roads.  The are monitoring potential snow and ice in other parts of the state.

 Meanwhile, Elizabeth River Tunnels crews are also mobilizing for slick road conditions. ERT says they have additional staff and crews set to work overnight into Friday morning to keep tunnels safe.

Pete Garner with Norfolk Public Works says he has 9 trucks full of salt and sand ready for duty at 3am Friday morning.    "Each crew has a temperature gun in the truck. When that gun registers a surface temperature of 32 degrees we start treating bridges and overpasses.  37 of them are on our list," said Garner.
 
Drew Lankford with Virginia Beach Public Works told us they have 3 Frost Patrol crews  that go out from November to March when the temperature drops to 35 or lower.  "We have 8 extra crews on standby for Friday morning.  Drive time could be the critical time for this winter weather to move in & we are all about the public's safety," concluded Lankford.


VDOT PRESS RELEASE:

Winter weather is expected to impact the western, central and northern regions of Virginia tonight and into tomorrow morning.  Motorists should watch for slick and icy conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.   

Snow is forecasted for the Bristol and western Salem regions and much of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as portions of the Lynchburg, Culpeper, northern Virginia and Fredericksburg regions.  Rain is expected in Richmond, Hampton Roads and eastern Fredericksburg.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are monitoring weather conditions and are treating roads as needed to keep driving conditions as safe as possible.

As temperatures drop to below freezing overnight, wet pavement will freeze making for slick driving conditions tonight and tomorrow morning.

VDOT advises motorists to call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org  to get the latest road conditions before heading out the door.

ELIZABETH RIVER TUNNELS PRESS RELEASE:

Elizabeth River Tunnels crews are prepared for potential winter weather conditions overnight and have mobilized additional staff and equipment to help keep the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels and associated roadways safe for motorists.  

Operations and maintenance staff, safety service patrols and supplemental staffing from contractor resources have been fully staged and on standby since this afternoon and will remain staffed throughout the night. Our contractor will also provide extra de-icing equipment and de-icing materials.

All plows and spreader equipment have been tested, and our maintenance team has conducted several dry runs in advance of any potential snowfall to help ensure commuter and employee safety.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor the weather and road conditions and to assess travel plans accordingly. For the latest road condition information at the Elizabeth River Tunnels and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, please call 511 or visit www.va511.com .

 

 

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