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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
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CULP 2009-029

March 2, 2009



CENTRAL VIRGINIA HIGHWAYS ARE MOSTLY CLEAR AND DRY
VDOT crews will patrol roads overnight, treat any freezing conditions

CULPEPER — Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation are wrapping up road-clearing operations this evening. Secondary roads are being plowed and treated with abrasives and chemicals where necessary.

Interstate 66 in Fauquier County and I-64 from Afton Mountain east to Goochland County are both reported clear and dry. Primary highways are also, for the most part, clear of snow and slush. Some patches of slush remain, especially in crossovers, turn lanes and intersections. Some secondary roads in Fluvanna, Louisa, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties are reported to have significant patches of snow and slush on the road surface, although some of that accumulation will be removed by the snowplows now at work on those roads.

VDOT crews will be on duty overnight across Central Virginia patrolling roads and treating hills, curves and intersections as well as any patches of black ice. They will also respond to clear drifting and blowing snow and any tree limbs and debris blown onto the roads by the high winds.

Motorists who are planning to travel overnight should be aware of these dangers and expect to encounter patches of black ice and frozen slush. They should be particularly careful on bridges, overpasses, turn lanes, ramps and intersections, as well as roads at higher elevations.

Drivers should reduce speed, allow plenty of distance from other vehicles and plan ahead for extra time for the trip. Motorists should also keep aware of current weather and traffic conditions. Before leaving visit www.511Virginia.org, or call 511 from any telephone.

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