Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 13, 2014
INTERSTATES, PRIMARY HIGHWAYS OPEN BUT SNOW-COVERED
Travel is not advised at this time due to low visibility, snow pack, drifting
CULPEPER — Heavy snow has fallen across Central Virginia overnight and this morning, creating treacherous driving conditions.
Interstate 64 and I-66 are being actively plowed and are snow-covered. Primary highways and some high-volume secondary roads have been plowed but remain significantly covered with packed snow. Most secondary roads are untouched at this time.
The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to stay off the roads this morning. Low visibility and drifting snow are making travel particularly difficult.
VDOT crews and contractors are out in force, working around the clock to plow and treat roads with salt and sand. Crews are currently focusing on interstates and primary highways, then will shift resources to secondary roads, which are numbered 600 and above, as conditions warrant. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
Approximately 700 pieces of equipment are being used by Culpeper District for snow removal.
VDOT continues to work in close coordination with utility companies and tree crews as well as wrecker services, which are assisting with towing stranded vehicles off the roadway.
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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