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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2009-009 11 a.m.

Jan. 27, 2009



CREWS WORKING TO CLEAR INTERSTATES, PRIMARY ROADS
Highways treated, snowplows now at work; secondary roads still snow-covered

CULPEPER – Interstate and primary highways across Central Virginia are mostly clear of snow at this hour, with crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation working to plow the slush off the road surfaces. Secondary roads remain snow-covered and slick.

VDOT and contractor crews have concentrated their efforts on the interstate and primary highway systems and will move to the secondary roads this afternoon as conditions permit. Accumulations of snow and sleet are reported to be less in the Charlottesville area and east through Louisa and Fluvanna counties than in the northern counties. In Orange County, Route 20 is reported to still have patches of snow and slush, likewise Route 522 between Culpeper and Sperryville and Route 211 in Rappahannock County. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, as well as Routes 50 and 55 in the western part of the county, are approximately 50 percent covered with snow and slush.

Hazardous driving conditions are most likely late Tuesday afternoon, evening and overnight into Wednesday. Motorists should be particularly careful on bridges, overpasses, turn lanes, ramps and intersections, as well as roads at higher elevations and in the western areas of Central Virginia. Motorists should allow plenty of time for travel, reduce speed and increase following distance to allow more time to react to unexpected conditions.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Before you begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
  • Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
  • Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
  • Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.

Information about preparing for winter weather and other emergencies can be found at www.ReadyVirginia.gov. The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the Ready Virginia resource to provide residents with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.


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