Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 13, 2014
TRAVEL REMAINS HAZARDOUS OVERNIGHT
Motorists will face freezing conditions, snow-covered secondary roads in Central Va.
CULPEPER — Conditions on major highways in Central Virginia are improving as the Virginia Department of Transportation works to clear the latest burst of snow that fell on the region late this afternoon. Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties and I-66 in Fauquier County are both reported in minor condition, meaning that the pavement is largely clear but there are patches of snow and ice on the surface.
Most primary highways in the nine counties of the Culpeper District are also in minor condition, but some in Fluvanna, Louisa and Madison are in moderate condition, with significant amounts of the surface covered with snow and ice. Crews will continue to focus their efforts on the interstate and primary highways until they are in good condition.
Secondary roads across the region are mostly in moderate condition; in Madison County they are severe, meaning that travel is hazardous due to significant accumulations of snow and ice on the roads. VDOT crews will shift their work onto the secondary roads as they continue 24-hour snow-removal operations, but some secondary roads may not be plowed until Friday. Residents with driveways should not clear the last few feet to the curb until after the road is plowed and shovel snow to the right as you face the street.
VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
Travel may become hazardous again overnight when temperatures drop below freezing and the water and slush on the roads refreezes. This is a concern on all roads, even those that have been plowed to bare pavement, and motorists should be aware they may encounter black ice Thursday night and early Friday morning
Most of the state has been affected by this winter storm and conditions will vary greatly across the Commonwealth. VDOT recommends that anyone considering travel check the conditions along their route and at their destination and plan their trip accordingly. VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, 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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