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LYN-09-176

Dec. 21, 2009



KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR MORNING COMMUTE
Icy conditions reported this morning

LYNCHBURG  – Conditions on major roadways in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 10-county Lynchburg District are minor this morning.  This means these major roads are clear to minor with isolated slick spots.   VDOT crews have monitored these roads overnight to treat any refreezing or drifting snow that may have occurred.

Low temperatures overnight and in the early hours of this morning will create icy conditions, including black ice.  Drivers should be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.

Crews were able to plow many state-maintained secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood roads and subdivision streets yesterday and last evening in portions of the district which includes Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward counties.  However, secondary roads are snow covered, very slick and remain in moderate to severe condition.  If drivers must travel on secondary roads, they should exercise extreme caution.  Temperatures will need to rise before conditions on these roads can improve.

Drivers should:

  • Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
  • Slow down and allow for extra time to reach their destinations
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
  •  Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

 

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