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With the first few flakes of the year dropping on the Landau Law Shop, the Herndon law firm is pleased to share highlights from the Virginia Department of Transportation‘s ("VDOT") recent snow briefing for public officials. It is hoped that these actions will improve snow safety and decrease the chances of car wrecks, slip and fall accidents and truck crashes and road fatalities. The highlights include:

  • Additional equipment: 600 more pieces of equipment for a total of 2,600 pieces of equipment.
  • Early deployment in subdivisions: Trucks will be pre-positioned in subdivisions if the forecast is for more than 2 inches of snow.
  • Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) pilot program: This will help VDOT track what streets have been plowed and when they were plowed. Not all trucks are equipped with AVL; however, VDOT is offering incentives to contractors to install AVL in the trucks.
  • Updated maps: 650 maps have been updated to show hotspots, schools, police stations, hospitals and bus stops.
  • Training: Additional snow plow simulator training has been provided.
  • Homeowner’s are asked to:
  • Park in your driveway if possible, otherwise park on the odd numbered side of the street.
  • When shoveling your driveway, shovel to the right as you face the road so that plows do not push the snow back into your driveway. They suggested, when possible, to either wait until the plow has passed or to not clear the last 5 feet of your driveway until the street is plowed to prevent residents from having to shovel again.
  • Restrict driving until the road crews have had a chance to clear the roads.
  • Clear snow from around mailboxes for mail delivery.

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