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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
cell 540-717-2890
CULP 2010-063

May 18, 2010



PAVING ON ROUTE 229 PLANNED TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY
Drivers should expect delays through May 27 and exercise caution in work zone

CULPEPER — Drivers on Route 229 north of the town of Culpeper should expect delays beginning on Wednesday, May 19. Paving crews will begin placing the final travel surface on the roadway from Route 685 at Catalpa north to Route 640 at Rixeyville. The asphalt surface was milled earlier this month in preparation for repaving.

The resurfacing project is part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s pavement maintenance schedule. The paving work will begin at 8:30 each morning and continue until late afternoon. The morning start time will accommodate school bus traffic traveling to several of the county’s public schools.

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and pilot trucks. Motorists should expect delays and be cautious of crew members and equipment working near the travel lanes. Trucks and other heavy equipment may also move in and out of the work zone.

Drivers are encouraged to follow these simple rules when driving through a work zone:
• Minimize distractions – Avoid activities when driving such as using cell phones, changing radio stations, eating or engaging in any activity that takes your eyes off the roadway.
• 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.
• 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.
• Expect the unexpected – Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
• Be patient – Remember, the road crews are working to improve your future travels.

Current road conditions, closures and weather information are available for all roads in Virginia at VDOT’s traffic information website, www.511Virginia.org. Motorists can also get current traffic information by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.

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