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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
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CULP 2009-147

Dec. 22, 2009



CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE ACROSS CENTRAL VA.
Crews working secondaries, subdivisions in Albemarle; motorists should still drive cautiously

CULPEPER — Most major highways in Central Virginia are clear of snow and ice, although some frozen patches will likely remain after sub-freezing temperatures overnight. Drivers should continue to drive with caution and expect to encounter icy conditions in the nighttime and early morning hours.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to work on secondary roads and subdivision streets in Albemarle County. Most, if not all, of those roads should be plowed by Tuesday evening. Crews will continue to work with heavy equipment to clean up the packed snow and ice that has made driving difficult on many roads in the Charlottesville area. Motor graders and snowplows from other areas of VDOT’s Culpeper District and several other VDOT districts are assisting the crews in Albemarle. That work will continue around the clock until all roads are passable.

Interstate 66 and I-64 are largely clear of snow, as are most primary highways in the region. Primary highways in Rappahannock County still have patches of snow and ice, as do Route 20 in Orange County, Routes 22 and 33 in Louisa County, and Route 522 in Louisa from the town of Mineral south. Primary highways in Albemarle County are in moderate condition, with significant areas of packed snow and ice on most roads.

Even after being plowed most secondary roads will have patches of packed snow and ice, however, and motorists should be aware that slick conditions are likely and drive accordingly. Crews will continue working on the secondary system around the clock until all roads are passable.

Motorists will need to exercise extreme caution over the next several days because accumulations of snow and slush are likely to remain on the roads when the temperature rises above freezing during the day. At night temperatures are forecast to drop well below freezing and icy conditions will be widespread during the morning hours. VDOT crews will continue treating highways with salt and sand to combat overnight refreezing as needed.

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 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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