Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 18, 2011
ICING REPORTED ON SOME ROADS IN CENTRAL VA.
Freezing rain will make early morning travel hazardous
CULPEPER — Motorists who must travel early this morning should check conditions before leaving and expect to encounter freezing rain and icy conditions on some Central Virginia roads. Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have been working all night spreading sand and salt on the roads to improve traction and help melt the ice but many roads will have icy spots, particularly on secondary roads and neighborhood streets.
Interstate 64 is reported to be clear this morning in Albemarle County but some icy patches are reported in Louisa County and to the east. I-66 in Fauquier County is reported in minor condition, with mostly wet pavement but patches of ice. Major primary highways in Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa and Rappahannock counties are in minor condition with patches of ice. Secondary roads across the region are also in minor condition, with patches of ice on most roads.
VDOT crews have worked overnight and the interstates and primary highways have been treated with salt and sand. Crews are shifting to the secondary roads and will continue that work this morning. Road conditions are expected to improve later in the morning as temperatures rise above freezing.
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. Call 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report road hazards or ask transportation-related questions.
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