Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 17, 2014
ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVING IN CENTRAL VA.
Most primary roads have snowy patches; Interstate 64, I-66 are clear
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are making headway on the roads of Central Virginia, where snowfall has slowed significantly.
Most major roads are reported in minor condition, with a combination of black pavement and some snowy patches. The exceptions are primary roads in Fauquier and Orange counties, which are snow-covered. Secondary roads throughout VDOT’s nine-county Culpeper District also remain snow-covered at this hour. Interstate 64 and I-66 are clear.
VDOT crews will continue to plow and treat roads after the storm ends, focusing first on clearing interstates and primary highways and then focusing attention on the secondary roads, which are numbered 600 and above. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends. In many cases plows will make one pass along secondary roads and continue on to open other roads before returning to plow the full width of the road.
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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