VDOT treats roads to cut down on icy conditions

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:58 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 5:58 AM

HAMPTON -- The rain and sleet Monday morning has caused a few icy patches to appear, particularly on the Peninsula.

"There are a few minor conditions on I-64 - in Hampton, James City County, Newport News, York Co. - and on the Eastern Shore in Accomack Co.," Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marshall Herman said during a live interview on 13News Now at Daybreak.

She said crews continue to monitor conditions and were focusing on bridges and ramps and overpasses, treating them with salt and sand. 

VDOT recommends drivers limit their travel if possible on Monday morning and to be alert to slick conditions. 

VDOT crews began mobilizing at 8:00 p.m. Sunday and are working in 12-hour shifts as long as conditions warranted. Because the storm started as rain, roads crews did not pre-treat roads with an anti-icing solution. (Had they done so, the rain would have washed away the solution.)

City of Newport News spokeswoman Kim Lee told 13News Now crews installed spreaders Sunday. Crews came in at 7:00 p.m. to monitor roads, treating and clearing them as needed.

Robin McCormick with the City of Hampton said its crews were on duty at 11:00 p.m. Sunday, ready to respond if and when freezing occurs.

 

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