Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Dec. 21, 2009
ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE ACROSS CENTRAL VA.
Crews working to open secondary routes; motorists cautioned about overnight travel
CULPEPER — Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to work on secondary roads across Central Virginia in the wake of the weekend storm. Interstate 66 and I-64 are largely clear of snow, as are most primary highways in the region. Sections of several primary highways, including Route 29 both north and south of Charlottesville, Route 20 and Route 250 west in Albemarle and Route 33 in Louisa, do still have significant icing and motorists should use extreme caution on those roads overnight.
Route 53 south of Charlottesville is still closed to allow the Albemarle County Police Department to remove vehicles abandoned during the storm. Once the vehicles are removed VDOT crews are plowing and applying chemicals to melt the ice and snow. The road is closed from Route 20 to the Fluvanna County line and may reopen Monday night.
In Albemarle County, VDOT has brought in additional equipment from other areas of Culpeper District as well as other VDOT districts to assist in plowing the secondary roads. VDOT anticipates that opening all secondary roads will take at least another day due to the heavy snowfall. In many locations motor graders and front end loaders are being used to clear the roads because the snow is too heavy for plows to move.
Even after being plowed most secondary roads are still covered with packed snow, 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 due to near-freezing temperatures even 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.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available on the Web, www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/snowseason.asp
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