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Virginia Department of Transportation

Crews are clearing debris and drainage facilities in preparation of the storm

SOUTH CHESTERFIELD —The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing to keep Richmond area roadways and motorists safe as the potential for flooding, heavy rain, high winds and debris associated with Hurricane Florence remains high for the region.

In preparation for the storm, VDOT and maintenance contractors are:
inspecting and clearing culverts, ditches and inlets to prevent water from collecting on roadways during heavy rain
removing debris from roads and shoulders that could block drains
preparing chainsaws and equipping vehicles with necessary equipment (ropes, flashlights, flares, extra chains for chainsaws, batteries)

As the storm nears, crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts to assist emergency responders with traffic control, detours and road closures. All previously scheduled interstate lane closures, as well as closures on Route 58 and Route 460, have been lifted to assist with traffic flow.

Drivers should be prepared for limited or difficult travel later this week and following the storm. Keep the following in mind as the storm approaches:

· If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
· Never drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.

Information Resources

Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 website.

Report downed trees or hazardous road conditions – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.

Follow VDOT on social media – For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva on Twitter. For general information, follow VDOT’s statewide page: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT.

VDOT's mission is to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, enables easy movement of people and goods, enhances the economy and improves our quality of life.

Virginia State Police

Virginia State Police

Rain, rain, go away...but until then - Remember, windshield wipers on = headlights on. (Virginia law!)


The Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society will host a fundraiser for Trooper Pilot Bates and Lieutenant Cullen from 5 to 10 p,m. Saturday, Jan. 6.

Live music will be performed by Mash Up, Irish Dancers from Baffa Academy of Irish Dance and the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.

The event also includes a silent auction, 50/50 drawings and raffles to help raise money, which is going to a great cause.

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Virginia 511 Web

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Snow could affect roads this weekend, go to 511virginia.org for updates

RICHMOND -- Spring may be just around the corner, but motorists are reminded to watch out for possible icy areas on roadways as precipitation and low temperatures are expected this weekend.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be monitoring weather conditions and have crews out to treat roads as needed.

Rain and snow will move across the commonwealth through Sunday.

Most areas will not see heavy accumulation, but moisture and freezing temps could cause icy patches.

Anti-icing materials will be applied where effective. These operations will not take place on roadways where rain may occur before snowfall. Rain washes away the treatment, making it ineffective.

Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach destinations, lower speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

For more information:

Latest road conditions – 511virginia.org, download the mobile app or call 5-1-1
Report road hazards or ask questions – 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or report a problem.

See VDOT’s winter travel info for general snow removal facts.

Virginia Department of Transportation | WAI Compliance | Freedom of Information Act | Text VersionThis website includes hyperlinks to sites neither controlled nor sponsored by VDOT or the Commonwealth of Virginia. Links may open in a new window.


What are your Fourth of July plans? Let's remember why we celebrate. Independence is the word!


Amber Alert update:
Virginia State Police reports Kaleya Ketter has been safely located.

VDOT CREWS READY TO RESPOND TO WINTER WEATHERMuch of Richmond area under a winter weather advisory Winter weather is exp...
Virginia 511 Web

Much of Richmond area under a winter weather advisory

Winter weather is expected to begin this evening as rain and change over to snow early on Tuesday morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are on standby and ready to respond to roadway impacts. Once snow begins, crews will apply sand and salt to roadways overnight and early tomorrow to give drivers traction and to melt snow/ice.

Crews will not be pre-treating roads ahead of this storm because the weather event is expected to start out as rain before transitioning to snow. With rain forecasted ahead of frozen precipitation, any pre-treatment would wash off roads and not be effective.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
-- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
-- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
-- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.

Drivers are encouraged to check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before traveling. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road, VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.

© 2014 Virginia Department of Transportation | WAI Compliance | Freedom of Information Act | Text Version This website includes hyperlinks to sites neither controlled nor sponsored by VDOT or the Commonwealth of Virginia. Links may open in a new window.



VSP Trooper & Brooklyn Native Pays Tribute to NYPD Officers

VSP was represented by Trooper R.J. Caldon at the Dec. 27 funeral for New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos. Officer Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were gunned down Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

For Trooper Caldon, a Brooklyn native and VSP Honor Guard member, the tragic deaths of the NYPD officers were very personal. At the funeral, he was reunited with childhood friend, NYPD Detective J. Levy. The two had not seen each other in 20 years.

“The people of New York walked up to me and hugged me saying ‘thank you for showing your presence,’” recalls Trooper Caldon. “There were thousands of police from as far as Canada to New Orleans. Multiple state troopers were in attendance, as well.”

Officer Liu’s funeral will be held in January 2015.


Counting down to Christmas ...

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Remember to thank a veteran Tuesday. Change that to thank a veteran every day.

Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate election to Warner
Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate election to Warner

Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate election to Warner

Sen. Mark Warner leads Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by about 16,500 votes with one Albemarle County precinct out, according to the State Board of Elections.


Polls close at 7 pm. Have you voted?


Polls will be open from 6 am to 7 pm tomorrow. Vote!


And he did it blindfolded! Nik Wallenda set two records tonight.


Part 1 of Nik Wallenda's walk in Chicago done. Now for the blindfold.


An extra hour of sleep tonight. Daylight Saving Time ends -- so set those clocks. It's time to "Fall back."


Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight.


Get ready -- Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Fall back Saturday night and enjoy that hour of sleep you lost in the spring.


Polls will be open from 6 a.m. To 7 p.m.


Vote is the word. Tomorrow is the day.


Vote on Tuesday.


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