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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
cell 540-717-2890
2011-TA-009

March 6, 2011



ROUTE 28 REOPENED IN FAUQUIER CO.
Motorists Cautioned About Overnight Icing, Check 511 for Road Conditions and Closures

CULPEPER – Route 28 in Fauquier County has reopened to traffic. The road was closed earlier this afternoon by high water near Calverton. Route 231 in Orange County is still closed near Route 641 (Liberty Mills Road), and there are numerous secondary roads closed by high water in Fauquier, Albemarle, Culpeper, Greene and Orange counties.

Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing overnight and the Virginia Department of Transportation is urging drivers who must travel overnight in Central Virginia to be aware that the water still on the roads after Sunday’s rains will likely freeze in some places. Roads at high elevations as well as bridges, ramps, intersections and crossovers are the most likely places where standing water will freeze.

Motorists may also encounter high water as streams may continue to rise overnight. VDOT will have crews out overnight Sunday across Central Virginia to respond to any reports of freezing conditions and to monitor the roads for flooding, fallen trees and any other problems.

Since conditions are likely to change Sunday night and early Monday morning motorists are urged to check VDOT’s traffic and travel web site, www.511virginia.org, for current weather, travel conditions and road closures.

Motorists are urged to observe the following precautions when driving during heavy rain:

• Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.
• Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
• Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause loss of control due to hydroplaning.
• Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.
• If a flash flood warning is broadcast, seek high ground immediately.
• Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line.

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 Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 800-367-ROAD (367-7623) 24 hours a day to report highway-related problems or request information about Virginia’s highways.

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