VDOT Preparing for More Winter Weather

RELEASE: Immediate January 29, 2021
CONTACT: Paula Jones 434-856-8176 LYN-21-008


VDOT prepared to respond

LYNCHBURG, Va. – After a taste of winter weather earlier this week, motorists should anticipate a more significant storm beginning as early as Saturday, January 30 and lasting into next week. Lynchburg District crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are taking steps to prepare and hope you are too.

Currently, crews are pretreating major primary routes, such as US 29, US 58, US 501. Once precipitation begins to fall, crews will begin 24-hour operations working primary routes and major secondary routes. Lower volume secondary routes and subdivision streets will not be addressed until after the storm has ended and major routes are in good condition.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel, especially at the height of the storm, if possible and know the road conditions before travel. If traveling, give crews room to clear the roads.

During periods of heavy snow, plowing may cause snow to accumulate in roadside gutters, on road shoulders and may block driveways. VDOT asks that snow be shoveled to the right of the driveway as you face the road to prevent snow from piling up again if the road is re-plowed. In addition, snow should not be shoveled into the road and, if possible, clearing an area to the left of your driveway of snow will establish a small snow break.

Additional information, including road conditions may be found on VDOT’s website, www.virginiadot.org or 511 Virginia, www.511Virginia.org .  Road hazards may be reported to VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800- FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

Before, during and after this event, storm-related updates will be posted to the district’s Twitter account @VaDOTLynchburg. Statewide information may be viewed @VaDOT.

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