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Update on roads

Thursday, Feb. 13 | By Julie Taylor
Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation continue their work to clear roads in Central Virginia after more than a foot of snowfall in some areas overnight and this morning, according to a press release sent out at 11 a.m today.

Interstate 66 and primary highways in VDOT’s nine-county Culpeper District [including Fauquier] are currently snow-covered. Secondary roads are mostly in severe condition, with deep snow accumulated and in some cases packed down on the road surface.

Crews have worked since Wednesday evening to address interstates and primary roads and have just begun shifting resources to secondary roads. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

VDOT urges motorists to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary. Should you need to drive today, follow these tips:

· Make sure your vehicle is winter ready and keep an emergency kit in your car.
· Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Wear your seatbelt.
· Slow down. Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
· Do not attempt to pass snowplows and stay at least 100 feet behind them.
· Be aware of potentially icy areas such as low areas near water, bridges and overpasses.
· When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.

Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, http://www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.

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