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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2010-075

June 25, 2010



STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA
VDOT, Dominion Virginia Power coordinating efforts to restore electric service, clear roads

CULPEPER — Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are busy throughout the Charlottesville area today cleaning up debris from Thursday evening’s severe storms. VDOT crews are coordinating efforts with Dominion Virginia Power to restore power to traffic signals along the Route 29 and Route 250 corridors north and east of the city.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution while traveling in the area due to debris on some roads. Several major intersections, including Route 29 at Hydraulic Road and Route 250 at State Farm Boulevard, are without traffic signals. Traffic is being directed by Albemarle County police officers at several intersections on Route 29. At other locations where signals are out motorists should treat the intersections as four-way stops and proceed only when safe.

Some neighborhood streets in the Georgetown Road area are blocked by equipment being used by utility and VDOT crews that are working to remove fallen utility lines, clear trees and other debris from the roads and restore power. Motorists are advised to avoid that area if possible.

VDOT is working to make all roads passable this afternoon. Cleanup of all the fallen trees and other debris in the hardest-hit areas will continue into coming weeks.

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 I-64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central 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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