RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
cell 540-717-2890
CULP 2011-022

March 27, 2011



CENTRAL VA. ROADS WET BUT CLEAR OF SNOW
Motorists should check current weather, road conditions before traveling

CULPEPER — The light snow that fell overnight across Central Virginia has mostly melted on the region’s roads, leaving highways wet but clear of snow. Drivers may encounter some isolated slick conditions this morning, especially on bridges and overpasses where some slush has accumulated.

Fog is reported on Interstate 64 and Route 250 on Afton Mountain in Albemarle County and motorists should expect to encounter similar conditions on the other mountain passes on Route 33 in Greene County and Route 211 and Route 522 in Rappahannock County.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District have worked overnight to prepare for the winter conditions. Main roads and problem areas have been treated with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. VDOT’s crews have focused their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and are moving to the secondary system as conditions are reported.

Motorists should check the weather forecasts and current conditions for the area where they are traveling and allow extra time for travel. During the storm drivers should also reduce speed and increase following distance to provide more reaction time if they encounter slick conditions.

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 I-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.

(END)



Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: Oct. 17, 2012