Digging out: U.S. 29 open, but tricky driving
According to a new release from Albemarle County spokesperson Lee Catlin sent a few minutes before noon, officials allege that Route 29 South–- utterly closed since early moments of the snow storm Friday–- is now open for its entire length into Nelson County, but Catlin's release warns that conditions are still very challenging and residents are discouraged from driving "except when absolutely necessary."
At some point, people will start asking why Central Virginia's major north-south thoroughfare–- a road so important that millions of dollars have been spent studying ways to make its traffic move faster–- could have closed when just three inches had fallen and then stayed closed for more than a day and a half.
"We'll look at this incident as well as everything else that happened during the storm once we get through it," says VDOT spokesperson Lou Hatter. "Right now we're trying to get the roads open."
Hatter says he knows of no other Charlottesville area primary road that remains closed, though he notes that Interstate 81 has had some blockages southwest of here.
As previously reported, the Route 29 stoppage created a multi-mile queue that induced snow-capable cars to turn around but left other cars and practically all truckers trapped.