Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


Feb. 12, 2014

Motorists urged to know conditions before traveling

LYNCHBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are prepared for the winter weather that has started already in the southern portions of the Lynchburg District.

District crews applied brine to major routes throughout the district over the last several days.  The brine solution generally increases the time it takes for icy precipitation to stick to roadways and allows extra time for removal of any accumulation. Abrasives will be used to provide traction where needed.

Crews will work 12-hour shifts throughout and immediately following the storm and will focus their efforts first on the heavily traveled primary and secondary routes.

 VDOT, once again, offers these winter driving tips:

  • If you must travel, know the conditions before you go! Check or call 511
  • 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 includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.



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