Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 17, 2013
LYNCHBURG DISTRICT: VDOT PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER
Winter weather is expected to move into the area in the coming hours and Lynchburg District crew members of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are ready to respond.
Should snow and/or ice occur, crews will begin their response on the district’s primary routes. Examples of primary routes are 24, 29, 40, 58, 360, 460 and 501.
Forecasters are predicting that frozen precipitation will fall throughout much of this afternoon and evening and possibly into the early hours of Friday. Temperatures overnight and Friday morning may be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and any moisture on the roadways and other surfaces may freeze. Motorists should use extreme caution, particularly on bridges and elevated surfaces.
Before leaving home or work, motorists are encouraged to check road conditions by calling 511 or logging on to 511Virginia.org and avoid driving in hazardous conditions if at all possible. In addition, drivers should:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach their destinations
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots, bridges and overpasses
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles
- Keep vehicles free of snow and ice
- Avoid passing a snowplow or spreader unless absolutely necessary.
To report downed trees or hazardous road condition, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD).
The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
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