Urged to Avoid Travel During Heavy Snowfall
CHARLESTON – West
Virginia Division of Highways crews around the state are preparing personnel
and equipment for the upcoming Winter Storm event expected to impact the
northern and mountain counties through Tuesday.
WVDOH encourages all travelers to prepare for winter driving conditions and
utilize the WV511 Traveler Information System for updates on road conditions
and weather alerts. This information can be accessed by dialing 5-1-1, visiting
www.wv511.org, or by downloading the WV511
Drive Safe app.
crews follow an established Snow Removal and Ice Control plan, which initially
focuses on high traffic primary routes. As those routes are cleared, crews will
work on secondary routes. The public is advised to avoid travel during
heavy snowfall. If travel cannot be avoided, drivers should be prepared to
encounter snow covered roadways.
is a summary of preparations taking place in a few of the areas expected to be
impacted by the Winter Storm:
Harrison – Marion – Monongalia – Preston – Taylor
4 mechanics worked over the weekend to ensure snow removal and ice control
equipment is in working order
and abrasive stockpiles are adequate
with brine will be an option on four-lane roads, depending on weather at onset
of the storm. Brine is not used if rain is predicted to precede snowfall.
contractors on approved list notified of potential for callout to assist
will be staged along priority routes prior to winter storm to enhance first
Berkeley – Grant –
Hampshire – Hardy – Jefferson – Mineral – Morgan
Crews began pretreating roads with brine
on Sunday and are finishing today
Plenty of salt and abrasives are on hand
Supervisors are finalizing plans to shift
personnel around the District to provide extra help where needed
Brooke – Hancock –
Marshall – Ohio – Tyler – Wetzel
Weather is being monitored by the hour in
anticipation of any change in forecast
Additional employees have been called out
for day and night shifts
Crews are preparing equipment and
Mechanics are starting two shift operation
effective tonight to work on downed trucks
Pretreatment with rock salt will start two
hours ahead of the storm, followed by treatment utilizing a mix of salt and
cinder throughout the storm. Interstates will receive pure salt for treatment.
– Braxton – Gilmer – Lewis – Upshur – Webster
are mounted and ready to go
quantities of Salt and abrasives in inventory
are on standby
snow typically brings down trees. Chainsaws have been sharpened and tuned.
Greenbrier – Monroe – Nicholas – Summers
Equipment and personnel are prepared for
this week’s snow storm
Full stockpiles of salt and abrasives
Pretreating with salt brine will occur on
expressways, including I-64 in Greenbrier County and US 19 in Fayette,
Nicholas, and Braxton counties. County forces will pretreat problem areas along
the primary routes with salt brine in advance of the storm. This
pretreatment should encourage the snow to melt and prevent ice from bonding to
the pavement as temperatures fall below freezing.
Equipment operators are scheduled to work
12 hour shifts around the clock to keep the roads open and to complete our post
storm cleanup by pushing the snow beyond the shoulder area. Tire chains
are being put on loaders and graders to use if extremely heavy snowfall is
received. Chainsaws are tuned up and sharpened to cut fallen trees.