Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 22, 2016
LYNCHBURG DISTRICT: DANGEROUS WINTER STORM POISED TO STRIKE SOUTH-CENTRAL VIRGINIA
LYNCHBURG – A dangerous winter storm will begin to impact the 10-county Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) this morning with potentially significant ice, freezing rain, sleet and snow up to 2’ feet or more in depth.
VDOT crews are prepared for this first major winter storm and will be working in 12-hour shifts during and after the storm. Their goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends. Passable does not mean that there will necessarily be bare pavement.
Pre-treating of major primary routes, the most heavily traveled roads, including US 29 and 460, has been completed. Application of the treatment prevents snow from bonding to the road surface as rapidly and affords crews an opportunity to remove accumulated snow more easily. Equipment and materials have been checked and plans have been reviewed.
Roughly 600 pieces of state and hired equipment are available for use during the storm response. Sand, salt and abrasives have been stocked and will be used.
Current forecasts indicate that driving may be dangerous due to icy conditions in portions of the district, particularly the southern counties (Pittsylvania and Halifax) and the potentially historic snowfall across much of the rest of the district but especially in the Nelson County and northwestern Amherst County. Motorists should avoid travel during the storm for their safety and to allow VDOT crews to efficiently and effectively clear the roads for travel.
Additional information about VDOT’s winter-weather preparations and response can be found at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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