HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to clear state-maintained roadways and help city road crews after after Hampton Roads and surrounding areas experienced significant snowfall this week.
Marshal Herman with VDOT told WAVY.com that crews pushed their focus to secondary roads Wednesday night. VDOT has about 160 pieces of equipment dedicated to clearing interstates, and as of noon Wednesday interstates and primary roads were passable.
Hampton Roads is slowly getting back to normal and a lot of businesses will be open Friday — that means more cars on potentially hazardous roads. Herman cautions drivers, even with seemingly clear roads. Any moisture will re-freeze overnight and during the morning commute.
“The snow has turned to ice,” said Ian Surgeoner, a Chesapeake resident. “Every time you drive over it, it clears up and turns to more ice. It’s bad in the neighborhoods.”
VDOT Hampton Roads has more than 350 pieces of equipment involved in clearing area roadways, and more than 90 pieces of VDOT equipment from across the state have been brought to the area to assist Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
In Virginia Beach, 50 VDOT trucks are working alongside 30 city trucks. In Chesapeake, 12 VDOT trucks were assisting the city until Thursday evening. And in Norfolk, spokeswoman Lori Crouch said VDOT brought in 24 trucks to help the 20 city trucks.
The VDOT trucks will focus on the following areas in Norfolk:
- Hampton Boulevard
- Granby Street
- Little Creek Road
- Tidewater Drive
- Military Highway
- Virginia Beach Boulevard
Motorists are asked to give the trucks plenty of room.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya told WAVY.com they dispatched crews to 139 calls between midnight to noon January 29:
- 39 accidents, property damage only
- Two state owned accidents
- 74 disabled vehicles
- Two highway hazard/debris reports
- 294 phone calls received
Anaya said troopers are having to stop people in the area from sledding and snowboarding alongside area interstates and on/off ramps. Not only is such activity dangerous, but it is also illegal.
Motorists are asked to stay off the roadways unless necessary. If you must travel, slow down, use extreme caution and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Clear off all snow from your vehicle, including windows, lights and the roof. The lowers the risk of a hazard for other motorists on the road.
If you have any issues or get into an accident, dial 911 or #77. To report road hazards to VDOT, call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR -ROAD (800-367-7623).
WAVY News’ Ariane Aramburo has some tips for motorists who get stuck in the snow – use your floor mats: