Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


Oct. 30, 2012

Downed trees reported at numerous locations

Few roads are closed in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT); however, sporadic reports continue about downed trees.  In addition, a wet blowing snow is falling at the higher levels of Amherst and Nelson Counties. 

VDOT crews worked overnight across much of Virginia to clear debris and reopen roads and will continue to do so.  Travel remains hazardous due to the wind and the danger of debris in roadways. 

Residents should continue to monitor local news media for the latest weather information. Anyone who must drive on Tuesday should observe the following precautions:

  • Watch for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches can damage a vehicle or cause the motorist to lose control.
  • Assume all fallen power lines are electrified and dangerous. Never attempt to drive across or step over downed lines.
  • If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
  • Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
  • Expect the unexpected. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop without warning.

For the latest information about road closures check VDOT’s traffic web site, Click on the red bar at top left for Hurricane Sandy road closures and advisories.  Motorists can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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