Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
CULP 2009-017

Feb. 6, 2009

Brush clearing delayed by winter weather will be completed next week

CULPEPER – Motorists using East Rio Road (Route 631) in Albemarle County should anticipate some delays next week during operations to clear vegetation from the roadway shoulders. This work was delayed last month due to bad weather.

A crew from the Virginia Department of Transportation will be clearing vegetation and trimming brush along the right of way from the Charlottesville city limits north to Route 29. The work will be done from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 26, and is anticipated to be finished on Thursday, Jan. 29. Inclement weather will delay the work.

Motorists should anticipate a single lane closure to protect the crew working on the road shoulder. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers on both sides of the work zone; brief delays and congestion in the area are likely. Motorists should follow directional signs as they approach the work zone and be alert for workers and equipment moving in and around the work area.

VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:

  • Stay alert. Expect anything to occur when entering a work zone.
  • Pay close attention. Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
  • Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
  • Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
  • Don't speed. Note the speed limits in and around the work zone. Enhanced fines of up to $500 may be levied for speeding in a work zone.
  • Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
  • Keep up with traffic flow. Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
  • Don't change lanes in the work zone. The time saved just isn't worth it.
  • Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones in the work zone.
  • Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
  • Be patient. Remember, the construction or maintenance crewmembers are working to improve your future ride.
  • Call 511. Receive up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information from any telephone in Virginia. Before you travel, log on to for road and traffic conditions and weather updates.


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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