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Dec. 8, 2009



MOTORISTS URGED TO PLAN TRAVEL AROUND ICING CONDITIONS

STAUNTON – With forecasters continuing to predict the chance of freezing rain and ice late on Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday, motorists are being urged not to travel during the storm.

Garrett Moore, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation district administrator said, "We recommend motorists make plans to avoid driving during an ice event, if it materializes, and travel only when absolutely necessary.”  He adds, “These are the most difficult road conditions to drive safely in."

Crews will be out monitoring the roads prior to the storm and will be applying chemicals to the road surface once freezing weather begins.  

Primary roads in Augusta County and in Frederick County and the interstate system receive anti-icing treatments a day before to any significant winter event that is not preceded with rain.  VDOT and contractor crews will be out today applying anti-icing chemicals.

Moore adds that over the years there have been some significant traffic accidents occurring when a very small amount of ice or snow initially falls on the roadways.  He says, “The crews can treat the roads but we need motorists to avoid travel at these times if at all possible.  We encourage motorists to plan their travel to occur before or after the storm.”  

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