Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
March 7, 2013
MOST MAJOR ROADS CLEAR OF SNOW IN CENTRAL VA.
VDOT crews working on secondary system; motorists should beware morning refreeze
CULPEPER – Most major highways in Central Virginia, including Interstate 64 and I-66, are clear of snow and ice this morning, but motorists heading out early should be aware that any remaining slush and standing water may have frozen overnight and they may encounter patches of black ice.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews have worked overnight to plow and treat secondary roads across the region. Those roads are reported in minor condition, with patches of snow and ice, in Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties. Secondary roads in Orange County are clear. Secondary roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa are in moderate condition, with most of the road surface still covered with snow. Many of those roads may be frozen and slippery this morning so motorists should use caution while driving in those areas.
VDOT’s day crews will begin their shift at 8 a.m. and continue plowing and treating secondary roads while monitoring conditions on the interstates and primary highways. Other crews are assigned to clear fallen trees and other debris from roadway shoulders.
Even though road conditions are much improved, motorists should continue to check road conditions and observe the following precautions, particularly when traveling on secondary roads:
• 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.
Road conditions and weather for all highways in Virginia are continuously updated on VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org. 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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