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CULP 2010-021

Feb. 1, 2010



CAUTION ADVISED DURING OVERNIGHT TRAVEL
Motorists should expect to encounter slick conditions as water on roads refreezes

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise motorists to drive with caution, especially overnight and during the early morning hours. Although interstates and primary highways are clear of snow across the Piedmont many secondary roads still have patches of packed snow or ice. Even major highways are likely to be icy due to water refreezing when temperatures drop well below freezing after dark.

All secondary roads in VDOT’s Culpeper District have been plowed. Secondary roads in Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna and Louisa counties are mostly clear of ice and snow; secondary roads in Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties still have significant amounts of hard-packed snow covering the pavement. Motorists should be aware that slick conditions are likely and drive accordingly.

VDOT crews will continue treating highways with salt and sand as necessary to combat overnight refreezing. Drivers should decrease their speed and anticipate slick conditions, particularly on bridge decks, entrance and exit ramps and roads at high elevations.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Piedmont Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.

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