Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 12, 2014
CENTRAL VA. ROADS ARE SNOW-COVERED AS STORM CONTINUES
Residents Should Avoid Travel During Storm; VDOT Crews Clearing Highways
CULPEPER — Travel is expected to be difficult overnight Wednesday and Thursday as a significant winter storm drop heavy snow across Central Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District reports that snow is rapidly accumulating and that many roads are snow-covered and slippery. With the storm predicted to continue overnight highway conditions are likely to remain hazardous. VDOT strongly advises that non-essential travel be postponed until the storm passes and road conditions improve.
Primary and secondary roads in all nine counties in the Culpeper District are in moderate conditions, with most of the surface covered by snow. Interstate 66 in Fauquier County and I-64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties are also reported in moderate condition. VDOT advises that anyone traveling in the region allow plenty of extra time for their trip and reduce speed due to the road conditions.
VDOT crews and contractors are responding to the storm with about 700 pieces of equipment deployed across the nine counties of the Culpeper District. Crews will work all night and VDOT will continue working around the clock in two 12-hour shifts. VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
The winter storm is affecting most of Virginia with snow, sleet and freezing rain. VDOT recommends that anyone considering travel check the road conditions along their route and at their destination and plan their trip accordingly.
VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, 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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