Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Dec. 13, 2010
MINOR ICING REPORTED ON CENTRAL VA. HIGHWAYS
VDOT crews are working to treat roads with abrasives; motorists should use caution
CULPEPER — Minor icing conditions are reported on Central Virginia’s roads this morning after a wintry mix fell overnight and temperatures dropped below freezing. Interstate 64 east of Charlottesville as well as primary and secondary roads in Louisa and Fluvanna counties are reported in minor condition this morning with isolated patches of ice on the roadways.
Motorists who must travel early this morning should drive with caution and expect to encounter slick conditions. Virginia Department of Transportation crews in nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District are treating the roads with sand and salt as necessary to improve traction and help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. VDOT’s crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and move to the secondary system as conditions warrant.
Road conditions will vary across the region this morning because a difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will affect how much ice or sleet could accumulate on roads. During winter conditions drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.
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 Interstate 64, I-66 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. Call 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report road hazards or ask transportation-related questions.
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/statewide/2010/virginia_ready_for_severe49569.asp
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