Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 8, 2010
DRIVERS WILL FACE ICY CONDITIONS ON MOST ROADS
VDOT warns of overnight freezing as crews continue clearing secondary roads
CULPEPER — Driving will be hazardous this morning and motorists should expect to encounter icy conditions on many roads across Piedmont Virginia. Water that melted on roads Sunday and the remaining packed snow and slush refroze overnight, creating hazardous driving conditions during the early morning hours while temperatures are below freezing.
Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have worked overnight, continuing to open secondary roads while also treating the icing reported on major highways that have already been plowed.
Interstate 64 through Central Virginia is clear of ice and snow; I-66 in Fauquier County is in moderate condition due to icing this morning. Primary highways in Albemarle and Greene counties are clear while primaries in Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties are in minor condition with patches of packed snow and ice on the road surface.
Motorists should continue to use extreme caution while driving. Although road conditions are improving some roads still have significant patches of packed snow and slush on the surface. Drivers should reduce speed, increase following distance from other vehicles and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
Secondary roads across Culpeper District are in minor to moderate condition as crews continue 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. 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 Monday 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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