Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 3, 2014
COLD TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION MAY CREATE DRIVING HAZARDS
VDOT Lynchburg District crews in 24-hour operations
LYNCHBURG- (10:00a.m.) Motorists across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) should be alert to the possibility of hazardous driving conditions throughout the day. In addition, cold temperatures overnight and for the next several days will likely freeze any moisture remaining on roads and other highway structures.
Lynchburg District crews are in 24-hour operations with crew members working 12-hour shifts. Efforts are currently directed to primary and secondary roads. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends; however, motorists need to be vigilant.
The Lynchburg District consists of the following counties: Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittyslvania and Prince Edward.
Motorists are advised to delay travel during the storm, if possible. If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and follow these winter driving tips:
- Know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org, call 511 and/or check local media.
- Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
- Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
- Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Allow extra time for travel.
- When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly.
Motorists can report potholes and other road problems 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD).
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