Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 15, 2016
DRIVERS ASKED TO REMAIN OFF ROADS THIS AFTERNOON
Freezing rain expected to create icy, treacherous road conditions
FREDERICKSBURG – (11:30 a.m.) Snowfall may be tapering off across the Fredericksburg District, but drivers are asked to remain off the roads this afternoon due to an expected deterioration in road conditions as freezing rain moves in.
Even on roads treated with salt and abrasives, freezing rain can quickly create an icy, hazardous driving surface.
This afternoon, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are concentrating efforts on roads carrying the most traffic. Crews are plowing and treating Interstate 95, primary roads and key secondary roads that connect to public facilities and emergency services.
Travel lanes on I-95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg area and western Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are passable, but remain partially covered in snow and slush. Icy, slick conditions are present.
As conditions improve on main roads, crews can then concentrate on subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads.
VDOT crews will remain at work 24 hours a day, in rotating 12-hour shifts, to plow roads and apply sand, salt and treatment chemicals. Crews will remain at work until all state-maintained roads are passable and safe for travel.
Before starting a trip, motorists can find real-time information about road conditions in their region of Virginia at 511Virginia.
Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
VDOT Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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