Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Feb. 16, 2015
MOTORISTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS
Drivers urged to postpone non-essential travel as snow begins to accumulate
CULPEPER — Snow is beginning to accumulate on roads across Central Virginia and motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are spreading chemicals and plowing on interstate and primary highways and will continue that work this evening and overnight.
Most major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and primary roads, are reported in minor condition, with patches of snow on the surface. Secondary roads and neighborhood streets are snow covered and slippery. As the snow continues and temperatures fall overnight driving is expected to become hazardous and motorists are urged to postpone non-essential travel.
VDOT emphasizes that those who must drive should check road conditions before they leave and allow plenty of time for the trip. Minimizing traffic on the roads will allow VDOT crews to do their work of plowing and treating roads as the snow continues, which will be especially important given the predicted low temperatures overnight.
What you should expect
• VDOT crews will begin applying sand and salt to the roads as snow begins to fall. They will plow once snow accumulates to a depth of one to two inches on the road surface.
• Crews will focus their snow-removal operations first on the interstate and primary highways. Once those roads are in good condition crews will move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.
• VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends. In many cases plows will make one pass along secondary roads and continue on to open other roads before returning to plow the full width of the road.
How you can help
• Postpone non-essential travel until after the storm passes and roads are in good condition.
• If you must travel, check weather and road conditions before you leave. Allow plenty of time for the trip. Drive for conditions: slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Do not pass snow plows.
• Clear all your vehicle’s windows and remove snow from the roof and other surfaces. Keep an emergency kit in the car, including a shovel, sand or other abrasive, a blanket and a flashlight. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
• Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into the driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.
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