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VDOT teams treat the roads after a winter storm; the map indicates if your route has been plowed

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

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

VDOT has a tool for Virginia residents to check if a street has been plowed. The agency has a online snow plow tracking map. VDOT trucks are equipped with automatic vehicle location technology and can be monitored on the tracker during snow removal operations. You can zoom in on the map to view snow removal activity at street level.

Click here to see the interactive snow removal 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 waiting and a green icon for active plowing. Trucks under service contract will be represented on the map by a blue icon.

This is a useful tool if you have to leave on Saturday, but authorities are advising motorists to delay or avoid traveling until Saturday morning for their safety and to allow crews space to work in safely and efficiently to clear roads.

Freeways, state-maintained primary roads, and major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, or those with heavy traffic are cleared first.

If a trip is necessary:

  • Monitor local forecasts and changing road conditions
  • Give crews time and space to clear roads, with extra caution in work areas.
  • If you must travel in adverse weather conditions:
  • Clear snow or ice from your vehicle before driving.
  • Make sure the headlights are on in the event of snow or rain.
  • Allow 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 road
  • Don’t pass snowplows
  • Use extra caution in construction areas. Snow against barrier service may result in narrower lanes.
  • Visit www.511Virginia.oug for the latest road conditions and closures before you travel. If possible, avoid travel until the precipitation stops and road conditions improve.

Resources:

  • 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) Report road hazards or ask road-related questions to VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.