Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 3, 2014
MOTORISTS WILL ENCOUNTER SLICK ROADS THIS MORNING
VDOT advises taking extra caution, reducing speed when driving on ice
CULPEPER — Icy patches are present on many roads in Central Virginia early Friday, making for a slick morning commute.
As of 4 a.m. primary highways in Culpeper, Greene, Louisa, Madison and Rappahannock counties are in minor condition with patches of snow and ice on the travel lanes. Secondary highways in Culpeper and Fauquier counties are snow-covered; nearly all other secondary roads in VDOT’s Culpeper District are reported in minor condition. Interstate 64 in Albemarle County and I-66 in Fauquier County are clear.
Even as temperatures stay low and do little to help with melting, VDOT crews remain on duty to address the ice with salt and sand to improve traction.
Motorists are advised to reduce speed, allow extra travel time and yield to snow plows and spreaders and emergency services vehicles.
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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