Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 4, 2014
CREWS MAKE PROGRESS ON SECONDARY ROADS
Primary highways clear in Central Va., VDOT reminds drivers of overnight refreeze
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are focusing their snow-removal operations today on secondary roads in Central Virginia. Snowplows have reached most secondary roads with at least one pass to open the road. VDOT crews will continue working overnight to plow the remaining secondary roads and neighborhood streets.
Interstate 64, I-66 and the region’s primary roads are clear, with the exception of Route 230 in Greene County and the primary highways in Rappahannock County. Those roads still have patches of slush and ice on the surface and motorists should anticipate slick spots.
Secondary roads are in minor condition, with patches of snow and ice, in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison and Rappahannock County. Secondary roads in Louisa and Orange County are in moderate condition with much of the road covered with snow and ice.
VDOT is cautioning motorists to continue to use caution if they plan to drive overnight and early Wednesday since temperatures will again drop well below freezing and the remaining slush and moisture on roads will refreeze. Roads that appear clear may actually have a thin sheen of frozen moisture – black ice – that is nearly invisible at night.
Crews will continue plowing and snow removal on Wednesday and anticipate assistance from Mother Nature providing sunshine and temperatures predicted to rise into the 40s. That work will include returning to roads already plowed to open them to their full width.
Road conditions may vary greatly across Virginia and VDOT recommends that anyone considering travel check the 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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