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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2010-019

Jan. 31, 2010



MAJOR HIGHWAYS ACROSS PIEDMONT ARE CLEAR OF SNOW
VDOT crews plowing secondary roads overnight; motorists advised to expect freezing

CULPEPER — Interstate and primary highways across the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are clear of snow and ice, although some frozen patches will likely remain after sub-freezing temperatures overnight. Motorists should continue to drive with caution and expect to encounter patches of black ice in the nighttime and early morning hours.

One section of Route 33 in Louisa County between Trevilians and Louisa, from Route 22 (Louisa Road) to Route 632 (Waldrop Church Road), still has significant patches of hard-packed snow on the pavement and is listed in minor condition. VDOT crews are working to clear that section.

Crews are continuing to work overnight to finish plowing secondary roads and subdivision streets across the region. Most, if not all of those roads should be plowed by Monday morning. Even after the secondary roads are plowed many will have hard-packed snow or patches of snow and ice on the pavement, however, and motorists should be aware that slick conditions are likely and drive accordingly.

Motorists will need to exercise extreme caution over the next several days. Water running across roads from snow melting during the day will freeze when temperatures drop into the teens after dark; icy conditions will be widespread during the morning hours. VDOT crews will continue treating highways with salt and sand to combat overnight refreezing as needed. 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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