Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Dec. 17, 2010
Possibility of icy roads exists this morning
Motorists should know conditions before heading out
LYNCHBURG—The wintry mix that fell across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is over but the mix it left behind could lead to some tricky driving conditions during the early hours of today (Friday, Dec. 17).
Crews have been working all night on roads throughout the district which is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward. They have been pushed snow on secondary routes (local roads) while continuing to maintain primary routes (i.e. 29, 41, 58, 460, 501).
Temperatures remained below freezing overnight and any moisture that remained on surfaces could freeze and create hazardous driving this morning. Motorists are reminded to pay particular attention to potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses, low-lying areas and shady spots.
Should driving become necessary, VDOT urges motorists to follow these winter driving tips:
- Know the conditions! Before heading out, call 511 for the latest road conditions or visit www.va511.com .
- Make sure your vehicle is winter weather ready and that all windows and lights are clear before driving.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
- Drive with caution. When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes or turn quickly.
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report road hazards or ask transportation-related questions.
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