Virginia Department of Transportation Says Crews Are Facing ‘Extensive’ Cleaup After Storm

January 24, 2016 Updated: January 24, 2016

The Virginia Department of Transportation says that crews are facing an “extensive” cleanup and urged motorists to stay home so roads could be cleared more quickly.

Interstates and primary routes are in better conditions thanks to crews working 12-hour shifts, but most secondary routes remain treacherous. 

“While some of the roads may be clearing, navigating secondary routes will be difficult over the next few days,” Richmond District Maintenance Engineer Steven McNeely said in a statement.

“Travel dangers will continue on even the major routes as piles of plowed snow melts and refreezes on the pavement.”

More than a foot of snow fell in much of Virginia.

Five people were killed, including a man killed in Virginia Beach when he crashed his car due to icy road conditions. 

“Road conditions have improved with most interstates and primary routes in minor to moderate condition. Severe conditions remain in parts of the Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg and Culpeper districts. Motorists are advised to stay off roads not only for safety, but to allow crews to clear snow as efficiently as possible,” the department added in a Sunday morning alert.

The snow removal is expected to continue for several days.