VDOT readies trucks for ice, sleet during morning commute - FOX Carolina 21

VDOT readies trucks for ice, sleet during morning commute

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Heavy salt trucks will be taking on the roads Tuesday morning, mostly west of Interstate 95, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. VDOT crews will report to work as early as 3 a.m. to help battle the oncoming storm. VDOT spokesperson Dawn Eischen says workers are focusing mostly on the western parts of the Richmond area, in counties like Goochland, Amelia and Powhatan.

Eischen says Richmond area trucks are loaded and ready to go. They'll spread a salt and sand mixture across bridges and over-passes first. That's so rain and sleet won't freeze to the pavement, creating very icy and dangerous conditions.

"Anytime you mix wet precipitation with very cold conditions, you can always get ice…Right now, the pavement is pretty cold," said Eischen.

The Richmond area VDOT won't put down the mixture overnight, because the threat of rain could wash it away. However, in other areas of the state, road crews have already pre-treated highways like Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa Counties. In the Shenandoah Valley, trucks are also prepared to cover the highways.

Of course, this storm is brewing during one of the busiest travel times of the year, Thanksgiving. State police are planning increased patrols on the road throughout the holiday weekend, especially with the threat of bad weather. All drivers are urged to be careful, and move over for any emergency vehicles making their way through.

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