Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Feb. 13, 2014
MOTORISTS URGED TO AVOID TRAVEL THIS MORNING
VDOT crews continue to fight winter storm in south-central portions of state
LYNCHBURG – (4 a.m.) Snow and freezing rain are falling across the south-central portion of the state and travel is not recommended this morning.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the Lynchburg District continue to push snow and apply abrasives, as appropriate. The crews are working 12-hour shifts throughout the storm in an effort to make all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends. Their efforts began with primary and high volume secondary routes. Major roads are largely snow covered while most secondary roads (those numbered 600 or higher) have significant snow cover. The freezing rain currently falling is adding to the icy conditions.
Difficult travel is expected throughout much of the day today.
VDOT, once again, offers these winter driving tips:
- If you must travel, know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org or call 511
- Motorists can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
- 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. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
- Drive smart and pay attention.
The Lynchburg District consists of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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