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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2010-006

Jan. 22, 2010



MOST HIGHWAYS CLEAR ACROSS PIEDMONT VIRGINIA
Icy Patches Reported on I-64 at Afton, Primary Roads in Western Counties

CULPEPER — Major highways across Central and Piedmont Virginia are generally clear of sleet and ice but patches of ice are reported on Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain and on the primary highways in Greene, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. The wintry mix that fell overnight left road surfaces wet, and with temperatures hovering near freezing and motorists should drive with caution this morning.

Motorists are urged to reduce their speed and increase following distance since they may encounter slick conditions, particularly on highways near the Blue Ridge Mountains and on secondary roads. Freezing conditions and black ice are most likely to be found on bridges and overpasses, entrance and exit ramps and crossovers. Roads at higher elevations, such as the mountain passes on I-64 and Route 250 in Albemarle, Route 33 in Greene, Routes 211 and 522 in Rappahannock and I-66, Routes 50 and 55 in Fauquier County, are also more prone to icing conditions.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working all night, treating the roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. VDOT’s crews are focusing their ice-control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and will move to the secondary system as conditions warrant.

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.

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