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CULP 2016-009

Jan. 23, 2016



BLOWING SNOW, MAROONED VEHICLES HAMPER PLOWS
Central Va. highways in severe condition, VDOT warns motorists to stay off roads

CULPEPER (4 p.m.) — Snow removal operations are being slowed this afternoon by blowing snow and vehicles stuck on uphill grades on both Interstate 64 and I-66. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are plowing primary and interstate highways, only to have them immediately covered again by blowing and drifting snow.

During the past several hours there have been multiple incidents involving tractor-trailer trucks becoming stuck as they ascend I-64 west on Afton Mountain. There have been similar incidents on I-66 in western Fauquier County. Once the truck gets stuck traffic backs up behind, blocking snow plows and tow trucks from reaching the vehicle.

In the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock, all roads are listed in severe condition, meaning they are partially blocked due to drifting or accumulated snow. I-64 and primary routes in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Orange counties are currently snow-covered and in moderate condition.

Secondary roads in the district’s nine counties are listed in severe condition and some rural secondary roads are impassable due to the accumulated snow and drifts. VDOT crews are continuing to work the highest priority roads, interstates and primary highways, and will shift resources to the secondary system once conditions allow.

Those considering travel should understand that driving this evening and 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.

Secondary roads will be plowed as soon as possible but VDOT urges patience since it will take some time to reach all the rural roads and neighborhood streets. The storm is forecast to wind down after nightfall and crews should begin to make progress once the snow stops falling.

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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