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Fauquier road workers brace for snowfall

Monday, Jan. 20 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Virginia Department of Transportation workers are taking steps to blunt the worst of the upcoming snowfall's effects on Fauquier roads.

VDOT crews are pre-treating Interstate 66 and high-volume primary roads with brine and readying equipment and supplies. They will report for duty at midnight Monday, according to a release from VDOT spokesman Lou Hatter.

When snowfall begins, VDOT crews will treat roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. Operators begin plowing once the snow accumulates and the salt takes effect. Crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways, then will shift resources to the secondary road system as conditions allow.

Up to seven inches of snow accumulation is expected throughout the nine counties of VDOT’s Culpeper District, beginning in the early hours of Tuesday. The forecast is subject to change and residents are urged to check current weather and roadway conditions before they travel. Any unnecessary travel should be avoided or delayed until after the storm passes.

VDOT offers the following safety tips to the traveling public:

Be prepared. Have emergency supplies in your car. Be sure your car is tuned up and ready for winter (check tires, antifreeze, windshield wipers, lights, heater, oil, etc).
Be patient. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader. Drive gently — don’t slam on your brakes or jerk the wheel — to avoid your car spinning out of control.
Be vigilant. Reduce speed. Pay close attention, especially when visibility is low. Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Never attempt to drive across or step over fallen utility lines. Always wear your seat belt.

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