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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2009-TA078

Dec. 22, 2009



BLACK ICE A DANGER ON HIGHWAYS EARLY WEDNESDAY
Motorists should slow down, expect slick conditions during morning driving

CULPEPER – Motorists driving in Piedmont Virginia overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning should expect to encounter black ice on road surfaces. Temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday melted some of the snow packed along highways and as temperatures fall back well below freezing overnight much of that water will likely refreeze on the pavement.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation will be on duty overnight patrolling the roads and responding to reports of ice. The crews will also treat problem areas with salt and sand to improve traction and help melt the ice. Motorists should reduce speed and increase their distance from other vehicles to provide more time to react to unexpected conditions.

Icing is particularly likely on bridge decks and overpasses, entrance and exit ramps, crossovers and intersections and roads at higher elevations like the mountain passes on I-64 and Route 250 in Albemarle County, Route 33 in Greene, Route 211 and Route 522 in Rappahannock and I-66 and Route 50 in Fauquier County.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including I-64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.

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