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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2009-148

Dec. 22, 2009



MAJOR HIGHWAYS IN CLEAR TO MINOR CONDITION
Crews continue work on subdivision streets, some secondary routes in Albemarle Co.

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 patches of black ice in the nighttime and early morning hours.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation will work overnight Tuesday to finish plowing 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 continuing to assist the crews in Albemarle. That work will continue around the clock until all roads are passable.

Interstate 66 and I-64 are clear of snow, as are most primary highways in the region. Primary highways in Albemarle County are in minor condition due to some remaining patches of ice in the travel lanes and some ice and packed snow in turn lanes and crossovers. Even after being plowed many secondary roads will have patches of packed snow and ice, however, and motorists should be aware that slick conditions are likely and drive accordingly.

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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