Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 25, 2013
VDOT RESPONDS TO SNOW IN CENTRAL VA.
Icy patches on some secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa
CULPEPER — Light snow is falling across most of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s nine-county Culpeper District. As of 5 p.m. most roads are reported clear, with minor conditions on secondary roads in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa counties.
VDOT crews will work this evening and overnight if needed, pushing snow and applying salt, which aids melting, and sand and other abrasives to improve traction on the road surface. Crews focus their efforts first on the interstates and primary highways, then shift resources to the secondary system (roads numbered 600 and above) as conditions allow.
Travel may be difficult tonight and early Saturday because low temperatures and moisture will likely lead to freezing surfaces, especially on untreated roadways, bridges and overpasses. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and allow extra time to reach their destination.
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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