Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Dec. 8, 2013
VDOT CREWS BATTLE SLEET, FREEZING RAIN ON CENTRAL VA. ROADS
Motorists asked to avoid travel overnight due to forecast icy conditions
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is in moderate condition as snow and sleet continue to fall. I-64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties is in minor condition, as are most primary roads across Central Virginia. Secondary roads are in moderate conditions in eight counties; Albemarle’s secondaries are in minor condition.
Crews continue to treat the roads with a mix of sand and salt to melt the sleet and prevent it from sticking to the roads. In Fauquier and Rappahannock counties operators are plowing since about two inches of snow and sleet have fallen. In the Culpeper District’s nine counties there are 256 trucks working to keep the roads clear.
At 8 p.m. the night crews will begin their work and continue through the night. Motorists are urged to continue to limit travel through the storm, particularly overnight and early Monday morning when icy conditions are forecast to be likely. If there is significant icing overnight drivers should be alert for fallen trees and other debris in the roads. If traffic signals are dark due to a power outage motorists should treat that intersection as a stop condition in all directions.
VDOT crews focus their snow and ice control first on interstates and primaries, then turn their attention to secondary roads followed by subdivision streets. VDOT has coordinated with tree-removal crews, power companies and local wrecker services to ensure that all resources will be ready to quickly respond to icy conditions.
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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