Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Dec. 9, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR TUESDAY’S FORECAST SNOW
Crews continue working to treat roads, clear tree debris
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation is continuing its effort to clear icy roads in Central Virginia and preparing for another winter storm coming Tuesday morning.
Currently moderate, or ice-covered, conditions are reported on secondary roads in Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, with some primary roads in those counties in minor condition. Secondary roads in the other counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District are also in minor condition, with ice in spots. Roads in Madison County are reported clear.
Two roads are currently closed due to downed power lines: Route 1204 (High Street) in Albemarle County and Route 623 (Chopping Road) in Louisa County. VDOT is coordinating with power companies to safely and efficiently repair fallen lines and reopen the roads to traffic.
VDOT staff will remain on duty throughout the afternoon to treat roads with salt and sand and clean up tree branches that broke off under the weight of the ice. Night crews will return this evening to prepare for snow-removal operations in the early hours of Tuesday.
Drivers are reminded to check road conditions before they travel and use caution, allowing extra travel time and remaining alert when roads are slick and visibility is low.
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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