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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
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cell 540-718-7609
CULP 2012-052

Oct. 30, 2012



VDOT CREWS CONTINUE WORKING TO CLEAR ROADS
Flooding, downed trees and power lines have closed 57 routes in Central Va.

CULPEPER — As of 11 a.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports 57 secondary roads closed in the Culpeper District following Hurricane Sandy. Of these closures, three are due to downed trees, 27 to flooding and 27 to downed power lines.

VDOT crews are working in close coordination with utility companies to safely clear fallen lines and entangled debris and reopen roads for travel.

For the latest information about road closures check VDOT’s traffic website, www.511Virginia.org. Click on the red bar at top left for Hurricane Sandy road closures and advisories.

Even as conditions improve in Central Virginia, motorists should observe the following precautions during travel:

  • Watch for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches can damage a vehicle or cause the motorist to lose control.
  • Assume all fallen power lines are electrified and dangerous. Never attempt to drive across or step over downed lines.
  • If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
  • Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
  • Expect the unexpected. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop without warning.

In addition to the real-time road conditions and weather forecasts on VDOT’s traffic and travel website, 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.

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