SUFFOLK-Fourteen Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Tiger Teams are heading to Hampton Roads from across the state to assist the Virginia Department of Transportation with a round-the-clock response to an impending winter storm that may dump as much as twelve inches of snow on parts of the district.
VDOT Hampton Roads has 469 pieces of state and contract vehicles available for snow and ice removal. District resources will soon be augmented with the additional 14 snow-fighting Tiger Teams comprised of 185 VDOT employees, 98 pieces of VDOT equipment and additional contractor equipment to assist with the arctic blast that’s bearing down on Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.
VDOT Hampton Roads has had requests from several localities for 50 pieces of snow removal equipment. The district is making plans to assist the local governments with additional VDOT resources.
VDOT crews began preparing for the first storm of 2018 on Tuesday, January 2 by pretreating roads southside, on the peninsula, and along the Eastern Shore. Pretreatment continued today ahead of the anticipated evening and overnight snowfall. VDOT’s storm-fighting materials and equipment are in place and interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads with high traffic volumes will be cleared first.
“We have taken great care to have our equipment prepared and our drivers ready to handle the snow challenges and long hours ahead of them. We encourage the public to give our plows room to work and to avoid any unnecessary travel,” said Jim Utterback, VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator.
Motorists should be advised that dangerous driving conditions may exist into the weekend as subfreezing temperatures and projected blizzard-like conditions are expected at times. Strong wind gusts are also expected, creating low visibility and making travel very dangerous or impossible.
Motorists are also urged to stay off ice-covered roads. If you have to travel once roads are clear, have a winter weather plan and check VDOT’s next generation of the 511 app before heading out. Traffic information can also be found online at 511Virginia.org.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48-hours after a storm ends, if there is no additional snowfall.