|RELEASE:||Immediate||February 17, 2021|
|CONTACT:||Paula Jones, 434-856-8176||LYN-21-018|
AS VDOT PREPARES FOR NEXT EVENT, RESPONSE TO PREVIOUS ICE STORM CONTINUES
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing for the possibility of another round of winter weather beginning as early as tonight (Wednesday, February 17), while continuing to address issues from the previous ice storm.
Currently, US 15 North and VA 47 North in Charlotte County and VA 92 North in Halifax County remain closed due to downed power lines. In addition, approximately 50 secondary routes are closed by either downed trees, power lines or flooding.
According to the district’s Assistant District Administrator for Maintenance Gerry Harter, P.E., “VDOT and its contractors are working diligently and coordinating efforts with utility providers to reopen roads as quickly as possible. Once weather permits and roads are open, clean-up on VDOT right of way will begin and this effort is expected to be lengthy and multi-phased.”
In the meantime, VDOT is pretreating major routes, and checking equipment and materials to respond to the next weather event. Travel is not recommended during or immediately after a storm, particularly an icing event and the public is encouraged to prepare now for the possibility of power outages and downed trees, as well as road closures.
The Lynchburg District includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.