Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 7, 2010
CONDITIONS IMPROVE BUT DRIVING STILL HAZARDOUS
VDOT crews shift to secondary roads, work slowed by deep snow, fallen trees
CULPEPER — Mother Nature is lending a hand to the clean-up from the latest storm, with sunshine and above-freezing temperatures loosening and melting some of the packed snow and ice still covering many roads in Central Virginia. Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are shifting their efforts to secondary roads across VDOT’s Culpeper District but their progress has been slowed by the depth of the heavy, wet snow and numerous fallen trees blocking the roads.
At this hour interstate and primary highways in the Culpeper District are in minor to moderate condition. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is in minor condition. I-64 is clear east of Afton Mountain.
All primary highways in Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Louisa and Rappahannock counties are in moderate condition with significant amounts of snow and slush still covering the roads. Major roads in Albemarle, Greene, Madison and Orange counties are in minor condition.
VDOT continues to warn against unnecessary travel on Sunday. Although road conditions are improving travel is still hazardous due to the amount of snow and ice still on the surface of many roads.
Secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange counties are in moderate condition, with most of the surface covered with packed snow. In Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison and Rappahannock County the secondary roads are in severe condition and remain extremely hazardous due to the deep snow. Some of those roads have not been plowed and may be impassable in some spots.
At this time VDOT is expecting to have all secondary roads in the Culpeper District south of I-64 passable by Monday evening. In the counties north of I-64 all roads should be passable by Tuesday evening.
As plowing on the secondary roads continues tree crews are clearing trees and debris that has fallen from the weight of the deep snow. VDOT is also coordinating its efforts with utility companies since some of the trees are tangled in power lines. Plowing on many secondary roads will be done initially in one pass to make the road passable. After all roads are opened the plows will return to open the roads to their full width.
To minimize the amount of snow pushed into driveways by the snowplows VDOT recommends waiting to shovel the final few feet to the road until after plows have passed. If you do clear the driveway before plows arrive move the snow to the right of your driveway as you face the road to help keep it from being pushed back into the driveway.
Residents with children are reminded, as a safety matter, not to let children climb on or tunnel into the mounds of snow piled up by plows along the road shoulders. Plows may return to push the piles farther off the road and may not be able to see children playing in the piled snow.
Anyone considering travel on Sunday is urged to check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site has real-time information on road conditions and weather for all major highways in Virginia. VDOT’s statewide network of traffic cameras also provides live feeds of traffic conditions on major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66, Route 29 and Route 250 in Piedmont Virginia.
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