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December 16, 2010 by USA Post 

Vdot, The cold came back. After the snow last winter caused heavy damage to roads in Virginia, VDOT is trying to jump earlier this season. “Governor Bob McDonnell said December 5 to 11 week winter protection,” said Terrie Suit, assistant governor of the preparation of the Commonwealth. “The loss of life and property during the winter months can be considerably reduced if Virginians will have time to prepare before the snow or ice is still in the forecasts.” VDOT budget this year is over and 115.1 million for snow removal. And is at least 20 million more than last year. The department has over 7,519 pieces of snow removal equipment, 48,000 tons of sand and 281,000 tons of salt. Also included in efforts to fight against the ice is 330.000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 138.000 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride, all anti-icing.
Advertising “During the storms of snow and ice, we will deploy all available resources to ensure that the state maintained roads are impassable in winter,” said Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia secretary of transportation. “Virginia Department of Transportation crews and equipment are ready.” VDOT seeks to ensure that all the roads 48 hours after a storm. Main arteries that carry the greatest traffic will be processed first before the secondary roads. While

VDOT also offered the following advice in a news release

• Driving is more dangerous when the temperature is at or below 32 ° F. If the road is wet, icy patches are possible, especially on bridges and curves. Avoid using cruise control in wintry weather.

• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.

• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.

* • Keep a winter emergency driving kit in your car. Newport News is preparing to launch highway improvements Canon Boulevard and Old Oyster Point Road near City Center. The project will add a new right by the alley ways and move on the sidewalk. New traffic signals will be added as well. Work is expected to last seven months. The city recommends that motorists visiting the area connecting points for other purposes, such as the Middle Floor, Boulevard Thimble Shoals Boulevard Jefferson Avenue, and Diligence Drive. The construction is funded by a grant program the city has received VDOT and provides 4.8 million for road improvements. Sunday VDOT will close the east and west lanes of I-64 High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake from 7 are to noon for inspection. The right lane is closed will be for one hour. Then, the path is left, followed by the left lane westbound. As motorsts alternative route should use the military road on Route 13 or the bridge Gilimerton. Drivers can also use I-264 through the tunnel from downtown.

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