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CULP 2015-031

Feb. 16, 2015

Most roads are snow covered and slick, motorists urged to delay non-essential travel

CULPEPER — Most roads across the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are snow covered and slippery as snow continues to fall. This major winter storm has affected travel throughout most of Virginia and VDOT is recommending that residents postpone non-essential travel until the storm ends.

VDOT and contract snow removal crews continue to focus their efforts on interstate and primary highways. That work will continue all night; crews will shift to the secondary roads and neighborhood streets once major highways are clear. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Roads in the Culpeper District’s nine counties, including Interstate 64, I-66 and primary highways, are in moderate condition, meaning that they are mostly or completely covered with snow. Most secondary roads and neighborhood streets have not been plowed and are snow covered and slippery. As the snow continues to accumulate and temperatures fall, overnight driving will become more hazardous. Icy conditions are expected to be an issue through the night and early Tuesday morning.

VDOT emphasizes that those who must drive should check road conditions before they leave and allow plenty of time for the trip. Travelers should also pack a winter kit – a blanket or extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves – in case they become stranded.

What you should expect
• VDOT crews begin applying sand and salt to the roads as snow begins to fall. They begin plowing once snow accumulates to a depth of one to two inches on the road surface.
• Crews focus their snow-removal operations first on the interstate and primary highways. Once those roads are in good condition crews will move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.
• 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.

How you can help
• Postpone non-essential travel until after the storm passes and roads are in good condition.
• If you must travel, check weather and road conditions before you leave. Allow plenty of time for the trip. Drive for conditions: slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Do not pass snow plows.
• Clear all your vehicle’s windows and remove snow from the roof and other surfaces. Keep an emergency kit in the car, including a shovel, sand or other abrasive, a blanket and a flashlight. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
• Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into the driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.


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