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Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
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CULP 2010-045

Feb. 11, 2010



MAJOR CENTRAL VA. HIGHWAYS ARE CLEAR OF SNOW
VDOT crews have opened most secondary roads; work in Fauquier Co. continues

CULPEPER — Major highways in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District have been mostly cleared of snow and the remaining snow is softening as the bright sunshine warms the road surface. Most secondary roads are passable and crews are working to open those roads to their full width. Other crews are clearing roads of the remaining snow and slush and opening highway shoulders.

In northwestern Fauquier County crews are working with heavy equipment, including bulldozers and bucket loaders, to clear secondary roads that are blocked by deep snow drifts. High winds across the western part of the district caused drifting in many areas overnight but the drifting was severe around Orlean and Hume. Travel is not recommended in that area today.

Even after secondary roads are passable many roads will still be covered with a packed snow surface and motorists are cautioned to drive slowly and expect to encounter slick conditions.

Conditions will be hazardous on all roads, including interstates and primary highways, during the nighttime and early morning hours when the water still on road surfaces refreezes. Motorists are most likely to encounter those conditions on entrance and exit ramps, turn lanes, intersections, bridges and overpasses.

VDOT crews will continue to monitor road conditions and treat icy patches with sand and salt to provide traction and melt the ice.

Anyone considering travel on Thursday should check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site has up-to-date information on road conditions and weather for all major highways in Virginia. VDOT’s statewide network of traffic cameras also provides live feeds of traffic conditions on major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66, Route 29 and Route 250 in Piedmont Virginia.

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