VDOT completes Interstate 64 debris removal from January winter storm

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VDOT reports that Interstate 64 is clear of an unprecedented amount of woody debris left over from the Jan. 3 snowstorm. But the work is not finished. Crews continue to clear the edges of other main and secondary roads.

In total, crews hauled over 800,000 cubic meters of trees, branches and other brush that gave way under the weight of the heavy, wet snow that hit the Culpeper District in January and during the storms that followed. This represents 17,698 loads.

The District of Culpeper estimates that the final quantity should exceed one million cubic meters of waste.

To date, crews have picked up approximately 215,000 cubic yards (CY) of Interstate 64, often working seven days a week to get the job done. Here is a breakdown by region:

  • Albemarle County – 158,000 CY
  • Louisa County – 300,000 CY
  • Fluvanna County – 70,000 CY
  • Fauquier County – 20,000 CY
  • Orange County – 45,000 CY

For perspective, the derecho that swept across Virginia in 2012 knocked down about 120,000 cubic yards of debris.

The trucks and trailers used to clear the debris can each hold approximately 45 cubic meters of waste. The entire operation could exceed more than 22,000 loads to clear all roads in Culpeper District.

Going forward this week, contract crews will begin clearing the Highway 250 Bypass from Charlottesville to Crozet; concurrently working on other primary and secondary roads, as well as neighborhood streets in Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, Orange and Fauquier counties.

Crews, including VDOT maintenance crews, are aiming for an approximate end date of June 1, weather permitting.

The VDOT Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports on pavement hazards. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or contact us online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

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