Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 5, 2014
MOTORISTS MAY ENCOUNTER SLICK ROADS THIS MORNING
VDOT advises taking extra caution, reducing speed when driving on ice
CULPEPER — With freezing rain falling in parts of Central Virginia, icy conditions are present on some roads early Wednesday. In Rappahannock County primary and secondary highways are currently reported to be ice-covered. Icy patches are also present on Route 250 in western Albemarle County.
Since the weather this morning varies widely by location, the Virginia Department of Transportation advises drivers to know the road conditions along their route and at their destination and plan their trip accordingly. VDOT strongly recommends that people postpone non-essential travel during periods of freezing rain. If you must travel, allow plenty of time for the trip, reduce speed and increase distance from other vehicles to allow for unexpected situations.
VDOT’s Culpeper District prepared for the storm by brining primary highways in the northern and western areas yesterday. Crews are on duty to salt and sand the roads for improved traction.
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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