Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Feb. 14, 2014
TRAVEL CONDITIONS IMPROVED BUT STILL SLICK THIS A.M.
Crews continue to clear, treat secondary roads throughout the Culpeper District
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that conditions on major routes in Central Virginia are improved, with all primary roads plowed but retaining some icy patches from overnight refreezing. The exception is Route 250 in Louisa County, which remains in moderate condition, with snow and ice on its surface. Interstate 64 and I-66 are reported clear.
Most secondary routes in the nine-county Culpeper District have been cleared of accumulated snow but are slick and ice-covered due to refreeze. VDOT crews and contractors are out today treating these roads and plowing the remaining snow-covered routes.
VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
VDOT advises postponing any unnecessary travel. If you must venture out, follow these safety tips:
- Be prepared. Have emergency supplies in your car. Be sure your car is tuned up and ready for winter (check tires, antifreeze, windshield wipers, lights, heater, oil, etc).
- Be patient. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader. Drive gently — don’t slam on your brakes or jerk the wheel — to avoid your car spinning out of control.
- Be vigilant. Reduce speed. Pay close attention, especially when visibility is low. Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Never attempt to drive across or step over fallen utility lines. Always wear your seat belt.
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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