Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Jan. 23, 2016
AS SNOW ENDS CREWS CONTINUE SNOW REMOVAL OVERNIGHT
VDOT will shift resources to secondary system as interstates and primary roads are cleared
CULPEPER (10 p.m.) — The Virginia Department of Transportation is continuing snow-removal operations overnight as the winter storm moves out of Virginia to the northeast. Roads in the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District are snow-covered and travel remains hazardous and should be avoided.
Crews will work overnight to complete snow removal on the interstates and primary highways, shifting their efforts to the region’s secondary roads (numbered 600 and above) as soon as possible. Clearing those roads will likely begin overnight or early Sunday morning. Residents living on some secondary roads, especially those in rural areas or within neighborhoods should expect that plows may not reach them for another 24 to 48 hours and possibly longer. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends.
In Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties all roads are listed in severe condition, meaning they are partially blocked due to drifting or accumulated snow and travel is hazardous. Interstate 66 is in moderate to severe condition. I-64 and primary routes in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Orange counties are currently snow-covered and in moderate condition. The secondary roads in all nine counties are in severe condition.
Those considering travel should understand that driving overnight will continue to be extremely dangerous and may be life-threatening if the vehicle becomes stuck. Treacherous driving conditions persist across much of the state.
Stay abreast of road conditions by calling 511 or visiting 511Virginia.org. Additional information about VDOT’s winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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