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Hurricane Sandy causes road closures in Culpeper

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reporting 17 secondary roads in Central Virginia are closed at this hour due to Hurricane Sandy. Twelve are flooded and another five are impassable due to power lines or trees that have fallen. All primary roads and interstate highways in the region are open.

For the latest information about road closures check VDOT’s traffic web site, www.511Virginia.org. Click on the red bar at top left for Hurricane Sandy road closures and advisories.

Roads closed in Culpeper County as of 10:10 p.m. Monday

Primary US-211 W Lee Hwy Power Lines Down Closed Riley Rd; Rt. 621N/S
Primary US-211 E Lee Hwy Power Lines Down Closed Colvin Rd; Riley Rd; Rt. 621N/S

Secondary Rt. 617 E Zachary Taylor Hwy Flooded Closed Zachary Taylor Hwy; US-522N/S Kettle Club Rd; Rt. 601N/S

Secondary Rt. 617W Winston Rd Flooded Closed Zachary Taylor Hwy; US-522N/S Kettle Club Rd; Rt. 601N/S

Travel is extremely hazardous due to the high wind, heavy blowing rain and danger of trees and debris in the roads. Many roads that are not closed are nevertheless hazardous due to tree limbs and other debris that has fallen into the road. VDOT is advising drivers across Virginia to postpone travel until after the storm has passed.

VDOT crews are working across Central Virginia to clear debris and reopen roads, but their efforts are hampered by the high winds and rain. The crews are coordinating their efforts with utility companies when power lines are involved. VDOT will continue working around the clock to reopen roads and repair damage after the storm passes.

As the storm moves inland overnight high winds and heavy rain are forecast to continue into Tuesday morning. Conditions are likely to change quickly during the height of the storm. Residents are advised to tune in to local media for the latest weather information. Anyone who must drive during the storm should observe the following precautions:

· Watch for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches can damage a vehicle or cause the motorist to lose control.

· Assume all fallen power lines are electrified and dangerous. Never attempt to drive across or step over downed lines.

· If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

· Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.

· Expect the unexpected. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop without warning.

In addition to the real-time road conditions and weather forecasts on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org, the site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.


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