Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Feb. 20, 2012
SLICK CONDITIONS REPORTED ON SOME CENTRAL VA. ROADS
Motorists urged to drive with caution Monday morning; check 511 for latest road conditions
CULPEPER — Most highways across Central Virginia are reported in minor condition this morning, with a wet road surface and patches of snow or ice. Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa County is mostly wet with some slick spots; Interstate 66 in Fauquier County is reported clear of snow and ice.
Secondary roads in Albemarle, Louisa and Madison counties are reported in moderate condition with most of the road surfaces covered with snow. Motorists in those areas are urged to delay non-essential early morning travel. Road conditions are expected to improve rapidly after sunrise as temperatures rise above freezing.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District have been working all night, treating the roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface and plowing as the snow accumulated. VDOT’s crews are focusing their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways and are shifting to the secondary system as conditions warrant.
Primary and secondary roads in Fluvanna, Greene, Orange and Culpeper counties are wet with patches of snow and slick spots. In Madison County the primary highways are in minor condition; secondary roads are in moderate condition with accumulations of snow and ice. Rappahannock County roads are clear but motorists are still urged to drive cautiously through the early morning.
During the early morning hours drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form. Motorists should allow extra time for travel, 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 Interstate 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.
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/2011/virginia_prepared_for_severe55277.asp.
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