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Motorists Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather as Storm Approaches

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Town of Culpeper Press Release:

With another significant snow storm predicted, Culpeper Town Manager Dewey Cashwell will activate, at 10 p.m. Sunday, the town’s Snow Emergency Route plan that prohibits parking and abandoning vehicles on specifically named roads and streets in town.

“By announcing activation of the snow emergency route plan early, we wanted to give people sufficient time to move parked vehicles off restricted streets before the storm, arrives.” said Public Works Director Jim Hoy.

The snow emergency route plan, which was activated last month proved to be a huge success, allowing town crews to clear the possible 11 inches of snow. By prohibiting parking on the specified streets, snow equipment can more efficiently clear the roads and thereby make them passable quicker.

Main Street and Davis Streets will be impacted the most when the plan is activated.

“As we did the past two times, off- street extended duration parking will be available in all town surface lots for residents who may have to move vehicles parked on snow emergency routes,” said Hoy.

Customers, who want to patronize downtown businesses Sunday night and Monday, will find ample parking in town surface parking lots or in front of the Depot.

The Snow Emergency Route ban on parking and abandoning vehicles will remain in effect until lifted.

Following the same procedure as the last major storm, a Code Red or reverse 911 call was made by the Culpeper County Public Safety Communications Center notifying residents of the snow plan activation.

In anticipation of the storm, town Public Works crews have been placed on 12-hour shifts beginning at 5 p.m. tonight.

Also, crews plan to pre-treat bridges and some hilly roads that can prove treacherous during snow events.

Town officials will announce later if town office hours need to be altered due to inclement weather.

The following roads are included in the Snow Emergency Route ordinance:

    · James Madison Highway (Business U.S. 29 north)
    · Main Street
    · Madison Road (Business Route 29 south)
    · Germanna Highway (Route 3)
    · Sperryville Pike (U.S. Route 522)
    · Orange Road (U.S. Route 15)
    · Old Rixeyville Road
    · Laurel Street
    · Sunset Lane
    · East Piedmont Street from N. Main St to Old Brandy Road
    · Old Brandy Road
    · Ira Hoffman Lane
    · East and West Davis streets

VDOT Press Release:

Motorists need to be prepared for another round of winter weather, expected to bring rain, sleet and snow across Virginia Sunday night. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be out in force where needed to clear roads.

“We had a spring-like weekend that is shifting into closing as a major storm,” said VDOT Chief Engineer Garrett Moore. “Weekend getaway travelers who took advantage of the warm weather may not realize what they could be potentially driving into as they return home later this evening. As a precaution, plan to avoid or limit travel tonight as VDOT crews will be treating and clearing roads as necessary.”

Information for motorists:

    · Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
    · Avoid driving during the storm
    · Prepare your car for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your car    
    · Before getting behind the wheel, call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information
    · You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center
    · When driving, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, leave plenty of driving room between you and the vehicle ahead and slow down
    · Drive with extra care on bridges and overpasses as they freeze first

Road priorities

VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

Crews first begin clearing roads with the highest traffic volumes - interstates and primary roads and then major secondary roads followed by subdivision streets. In northern Virginia, crews work on high-volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently.

A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, plus 16 mobile video data platforms, allows crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.

For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

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