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CULP 2009-142

Dec. 20, 2009



ROUTE 53 CLOSED OVERNIGHT IN ALBEMARLE COUNTY
Albemarle police plan to remove abandoned vehicles Monday morning

CULPEPER — Route 53 in Albemarle County was closed this evening from Route 20 to the Fluvanna County line due to extremely hazardous road conditions. The road is still snow-covered and icy and numerous abandoned vehicles created a hazard for traffic along the two-lane road.

The road will remain closed overnight and on Monday morning. At approximately 8 a.m. the Albemarle County Police Department plans to begin removing the vehicles that were abandoned along the road during this weekend’s storm. Drivers whose vehicles are removed should contact the Albemarle County Police Department, 434-296-5807, for information about reclaiming them.

While the road is closed crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation will continue working to remove the packed snow and ice from the road so it can be reopened on Monday. Drivers who use Route 53 between Fluvanna County and Charlottesville should take Route 53 east to Route 15, then north to Interstate 64 or Route 250.

Motorists are also reminded that Route 29 south of Charlottesville remains extremely hazardous due to icy conditions and travel on that highway is not recommended overnight Sunday and early Monday morning. VDOT crews are also continuing to salt and sand that highway to remove the snow and ice.

 

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