Traffic Alert: Bitterly cold temperatures prolong icy roads

Road conditions in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- As Hampton Roads recovers from a winter coastal storm that moved through the area Saturday, road conditions are still dangerous.  

City officials advise residents should avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.

Police in Virginia Beach had shut down the Lesner Bridge in both directions for several hours Saturday, due to unsafe conditions. The bridge was re-salted, and shortly before noon, was reopened to traffic.  Officials warn, however, the bridge could close again if conditions deteriorate.

In Norfolk, city officials say all primary roads have been plowed and are passable, but are slick due to ice.

In Hampton, officials say overnight freezing has again made roads slick for Monday morning, and people should not drive unless absolutely necessary.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry ran at reduced capacity for several hours Saturday, but has since returned to full service.

Hampton Roads Transit says that after suspending all services on Saturday and Sunday,  limited service will resume Monday.

In Portsmouth, officials say publics works crews are continuing to work around the clock to treat and plow the primary and secondary roads in 12-hour shifts.

Get more traffic conditions from the 13News Now Traffic Center

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it has nearly 120 trucks targeting interstates on the Southside and Peninsula. Officials say crews will work Sunday to clear mainlines, as well as on and off-ramps, bridges and overpasses. 

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Drivers should also avoid passing snow plows, as it may cross over the center line and the road in front of the plow is usually in much worse condition.

VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends, if there are no additional accumulations.

VDOT also has a running list of interstate and highway areas where moderate-to-severe snow and ice have been reported. Go to http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions and select the "Eastern" region for our area.

Over at Norfolk International Airport, cancellations abound for both arrivals and departures due to the weather. Click here for our flight tracker.



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