Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Jan. 27, 2011
MAJOR CENTRAL VA. ROADS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION
Drivers should use caution, many secondary roads still snow-covered
CULPEPER — Major highways in Central Virginia are mostly clear of snow but temperatures are near freezing and motorists are likely to find icy patches, especially in the early morning and during the morning commuting hours. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, from Warren County east toward Northern Virginia still has patches of ice and snow; I-64 is reported mostly clear but slick spots are likely in Albemarle and Louisa counties.
Primary highways are also generally clear of snow and ice in the Charlottesville area but there are frozen patches of water and slush so motorists should drive with caution and expect to encounter slippery conditions. Bridges, ramps, crossovers and intersections are particularly likely to have slick spots. Further north in Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties the primary highways still have snow and ice covering the travel surface. Route 211 at the Culpeper-Rappahannock County line is reported partially blocked at this time due to downed power lines.
In Fauquier, Rappahannock and Fluvanna counties the secondary roads are reported in severe condition with significant accumulations of snow covering the roads. In Albemarle, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Culpeper and Greene counties the secondary roads are in moderate condition due to packed snow and sleet still covering the road surface.
Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working all night, plowing the roads and applying sand and salt to improve traction and help melt the sleet and ice. Crews will continue working Thursday morning, concentrating their efforts on the secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Crews are also responding to reports of fallen trees in Fauquier and other northern counties.
VDOT continues to advise residents to consider postponing non-essential travel early Thursday morning until temperatures rise and road conditions improve, particularly on the secondary roads. People planning to travel to other regions in Virginia should also check the road conditions in those areas since conditions vary greatly across the state.
Real-time road conditions for all major highways in Virginia 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 24 hours a day.
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/statewide/2010/virginia_ready_for_severe49569.asp
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