Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 23, 2014
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION ON A.M. ICE
Black ice conditions present on roads in Central Va.; VDOT crews continue work
CULPEPER — As commuters in Central Virginia set out this morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation advises that black ice is present on roads throughout the area due to single-digit temperatures overnight. Water that remained on the road surface has frozen and, although it looks like bare pavement, the road is actually glazed with ice. Packed snow is also a factor on some secondary roads.
Motorists should be aware that travel is hazardous due to the icy conditions. Avoid any unnecessary trips, but if drivers must venture out, reduce speed, increase following distance and allow extra time to reach your destination.
VDOT crews remain on duty to spread salt and abrasives to improve roadway traction. Bridges, overpasses, ramps and crossovers will freeze first, and slick conditions are also most likely at high elevations and in areas the sun did not reach during the day.
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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