Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Nov. 25, 2013
VDOT TO MOBILIZE FOR WINTER WEATHER
Motorists should expect slick conditions, drive with caution early Tuesday
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report to work at midnight in the Culpeper District to prepare for the freezing rain and snow that may fall early Tuesday morning.
Slick conditions are likely during the morning commute, especially on bridge decks, ramps and turn lanes. Motorists are strongly urged to consider altering their travel plans to avoid driving during the time when freezing rain is forecast.
VDOT crews pre-treated Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties and Interstate 66 in Fauquier County today. The pre-treating process involves applying anti-icing chemicals to the road before a storm to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the pavement.
Even after roads are treated, however, freezing rain is hazardous and motorists should observe the following precautions:
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
- When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Drive gently and turn slowly.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
Drivers should also 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.
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