Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 6, 2013
CONDITIONS IMPROVING ON CENTRAL VA. HIGHWAYS
Motorists warned of re-freeze, slick roads overnight and early Thursday
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation continue their work on roads in Central Virginia and report that as snow has slowed, conditions have improved. As of 4 p.m. most primary roads are in minor condition, meaning they are icy and slick in spots, with the majority of the area’s secondary roads still snow-covered.
VDOT crews will be on duty overnight to clear primary routes and begin tending to secondary roads as they are able.
As temperatures drop overnight, wet snow and slush could re-freeze, making for slippery road conditions for the Thursday morning commute. Motorists are encouraged to check road conditions before travel and to observe the following precautions:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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