|IMMEDIATE - 11 a.m.
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Jan. 24, 2016
MUCH SNOW REMOVAL WORK REMAINS IN CENTRAL VA.
Many roads snow-covered or blocked; motorists still advised not to travel
CULPEPER — Around-the-clock snow-clearing operations continue at the Virginia Department of Transportation, with sunshine a big helper in making forward progress on major roads.
At this hour, Interstate 64 and I-66 are quickly clearing, with black pavement showing through the snow and ice. Primary highways range from minor to moderate condition, with snow creating slick driving conditions. This morning, VDOT has been working to treat these roads with salt and sand to aid melting and increase traction.
Today, crews will shift resources to begin the time-consuming job of plowing secondary routes, which are numbered 600 and above. These roads are currently snow-covered and in many locations, blocked with snow.
VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after snowfall ends. However, cleanup from this storm is extensive and will require use of specialized equipment to remove up to 30 inches of accumulated snow, plus large snow drifts. The public should expect that plows will not reach all secondary roads today. Even after plowing, snow and ice will linger on the surface of these roads due to refreezing overnight.
Motorists should stay off the roads unless travel is essential. Doing so allows plow trucks to work as efficiently as possible.
Real-time road conditions and traffic camera feeds are online at 511Virginia.org. You can also call 511 for road condition information. Details about VDOT’s winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.