VDOT also has coordinated efforts with utility companies in anticipation of downed power lines. In an effort to restore power as soon as possible, the power company removes the lines, then VDOT removes trees and debris from the roads. Never attempt to drive over or remove downed power lines yourself.
Motorists are encouraged to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.
VDOT offers these winter weather tips:
- Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
- Avoid driving during the storm
- Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
- If you do have to travel, before getting behind the wheel, call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org to get the latest information on road conditions
- Call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions
For more winter travel information, go to www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
You can also use VDOT's Snowplow tracker that lets you find out where plows have been and where they’re going in Northern Virginia. Watch this video for more information.
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