Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 6, 2010
VDOT CONTINUES TRAVEL WARNING
All roads in Piedmont are snow-covered; driving is extremely hazardous
CULPEPER —The Virginia Department of Transportation is extending its travel warning Saturday afternoon and evening as the winter storm that has affected much of the state continues to rage. All major roads across Piedmont Virginia are covered with packed snow. Interstate 64 and all primary highways in the Charlottesville area are in moderate condition, snow-covered but passable with caution, while I-66 and all primary highways north of Culpeper are reported in severe condition with significant amounts of snow that may block portions of the road and driving is hazardous.
Most secondary roads in the region are also in severe condition and will be extremely hazardous due to the deep snow. Many of those roads have not been plowed and may be impassable in some spots. Numerous trees have been brought down by the weight of the snow and VDOT is responding to clear roadways blocked by fallen trees.
VDOT continues to warn against travel during the storm, which is forecast to continue through most of the day Saturday. Driving conditions are expected to remain hazardous across the region until after the storm ends. Strong winds Saturday afternoon and evening will cause blowing and drifting snow and some areas may experience near white-out conditions.
VDOT is fully mobilized across its Culpeper District with more than 700 pieces of equipment deployed across the district’s nine counties. Several other VDOT districts less affected by the storm have provided snowplows to the Culpeper District, which is among the hardest-hit areas of the state. In addition to its snowplows VDOT has also mobilized heavy equipment, including motor graders and front-end loaders that are able to move heavy snow.
Anyone considering travel on Saturday is urged to check VDOT’s travel information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site has real-time 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.
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/snowseason.asp
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