VDOT crews treat roads after winter storm; map shows if your way is plowed

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – VDOT crews continue to work around the clock to treat roads after the winter storm that dropped several inches of snow on Hampton Roads.

While progress has been made on the roads, VDOT says sections of interstate and state-maintained major roads are in poor condition, with the potential for icy conditions.

VDOT has a tool that allows residents of Virginia to check whether a street has been plowed. The desk has a online snow plow tracking map. VDOT trucks are equipped with automatic vehicle location technology and can be tracked on the tracker during snow removal operations. You can zoom in on the map to view shift activity at street level.

Click here to view the interactive snowplow map.

VDOT trucks are represented on the map by an orange truck icon. Contractor truck locations are represented on the map by a yellow icon for standby and a green icon for active plowing. Service contract trucks are shown on the map with a blue icon.

This is a useful tool if you have to leave on a Saturday, but officials advise motorists to postpone or avoid the journey until Saturday morning for their safety and to allow the crew to work safely and efficiently to clear the roads .

Interstates, state-maintained highways and major minor roads with vital emergency and public services, or those with heavy traffic, will be cleared first.

If travel is necessary:

  • Keep an eye on local forecasts and changing road conditions
  • Give crews time and space to handle roads, with extra caution in work areas.
  • If you must travel during adverse weather conditions:
  • Remove snow or ice from your vehicle before driving.
  • Make sure the headlights are on in snow or rain.
  • Take enough time to reach your destination
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle in front of you
  • Brake very lightly to prevent your tires from slipping on the pavement
  • Do not pass snow plows
  • Be extra careful in construction zones. Snow against the barrier can lead to narrower lanes.
  • Visit www.511Virginia.org for the latest road conditions and closures before you travel. If possible, avoid traveling until the precipitation stops and road conditions improve.

Sources:

  • 800-FRONT-ROAD (800-367-7623) Report road hazards or ask road questions at VDOT’s 24-hour customer service center by calling this statewide toll-free number.

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