Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Oct. 28, 2012
VDOT PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER IN CENTRAL VA.
Motorists should pay attention to local media, avoid travel during height of storm
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is making preparations to deal with Hurricane Sandy’s impending high winds and rain, as well as the possibility of snow coming from the west.
VDOT crews in the Culpeper District are currently on standby to handle downed trees and other roadway debris and will begin emergency operations as conditions warrant. Crews are also preparing equipment for snow removal in the areas of highest elevation, including on Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain.
As conditions worsen, VDOT recommends drivers avoid travel when possible. Motorists are advised to tune in to local media for the latest weather information, and observe the following precautions:
- Watch for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches can damage a vehicle or cause the motorist to lose control.
- Assume all fallen power lines are electrified and dangerous. Never attempt to drive across or step over downed lines.
- If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
- Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
- Expect the unexpected. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop without warning.
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.
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.