Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Dec. 9, 2013
TREACHEROUS EARLY MORNING TRAVEL IN PIEDMONT VA.
Roads slick with ice in Culpeper District’s nine counties; motorists should use extreme caution during commute
CULPEPER — Motorists should use extreme caution on roads in Central Virginia this morning. Icy conditions are present due to hours of sleet and freezing rain.
In the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District, most roadways are reported in minor condition, meaning they are icy and slick in spots. Primary and secondary roads in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties are currently in moderate condition, or ice-covered. Interstate 66 is in minor condition; Interstate 64 is clear.
Crews have been working around the clock to treat roadways with salt and sand to help melt the ice and prevent new precipitation from sticking. They focus first on interstates and primary highways and then turn their attention to secondary roads and lastly, subdivision streets.
VDOT urges motorists to check road conditions and weather updates before they leave home. Allow plenty of travel time and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Use special caution on bridges, ramps and shady spots, which tend to ice over first. Drivers are advised that if a traffic signal loses power, the intersection is treated as a four-way stop.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
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 online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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