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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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cell 540-717-2890
CULP 2010-036

Feb. 7, 2010



DRIVERS WARNED TO EXPECT ICY CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT
VDOT crews continue clearing secondary roads across Piedmont Virginia

CULPEPER — Across Piedmont Virginia crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation continue working tonight to open secondary roads covered with a deep blanket of snow from the weekend’s storm. Crews are also monitoring icing conditions on roads already plowed as temperatures plummet well below freezing.

At this hour Interstate 64 through Central Virginia is clear of ice and snow; I-66 in Fauquier County is in minor condition. Primary highways in Albemarle and Greene counties are clear while primaries in Fauquier, Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange and Rappahannock counties are in minor condition with patches of packed snow and ice on the road surface. Route 211 in Culpeper County and Route 15 in Madison are also in minor condition; remaining primary highways in those two counties are clear.

VDOT continues to warn against unnecessary travel. Although road conditions improved on Sunday travel is still hazardous due to the amount of snow and ice still on the surface of many roads. Driving will be particularly treacherous on Monday morning as water on the roads as well as any remaining snow and slush will freeze overnight. Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel until the temperatures warm after sunrise on Monday.

Secondary roads across Culpeper District are in minor to moderate condition and crews are continuing plowing operations. Progress has been slowed by the need to use heavy equipment, including motor graders and front-end loaders, to move the heavy, deep snow. Hundreds of trees blocking roads are also being removed to allow the plows to move through.

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. Plowing on many secondary roads will be done initially in one pass to make the road passable for vehicles. After all roads are opened the plows will return to open the roads to their full width.

Travelers should 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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