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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 7, 2017
AS VDOT CREWS MAKE PROGRESS, DRIVERS ASKED TO STAY OFF THE ROADS UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Below-freezing temperatures anticipated to cause icy conditions overnight; Check 511Virginia.org for real-time conditions
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are making progress plowing and treating Interstate 95 and primary roads across the Fredericksburg District, but with many roads still partially or fully covered in snow, conditions remain hazardous for travel this evening and Sunday morning.
Drivers are urged remain off the roads until conditions improve.
Overnight, temperatures will drop below freezing. Any remaining moisture on the roads will re-freeze, creating very slick and treacherous road conditions.
Even on bare pavement, black ice may be present. Ice may appear as a transparent glaze on the pavement and may be invisible to motorists. Residents are encouraged to consider that if their driveway or sidewalk is too icy or slick for walking, road conditions may also be slippery.
Snow is tapering off along the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Primary roads in these areas are in moderate condition, with travel lanes partially covered in snow. Secondary roads and subdivision streets are in severe condition, and are completely snow-covered.
High winds in coastal areas could continue to cause drifting snow and low visibility overnight, even after snow has stopped falling.
In the Fredericksburg area, Interstate 95 is in clear to minor condition, with bare pavement and isolated areas of snow.
Primary roads in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties range from minor to moderate condition, and subdivision and secondary roads are partially snow-covered.
In Caroline and King George counties, primary roads are in moderate condition with travel lanes partially covered in snow. Secondary and subdivision streets in Caroline and King George remain snow-covered.
VDOT Crews Continue Storm Response
VDOT crews will work overnight and through the weekend. Crews are using 750 pieces of equipment in the Fredericksburg District to plow roads and apply sand and salt. Tonight, crews will return to treat previously plowed roads, ramps and bridges for re-freezing.
Crews will stay mobilized in emergency operations, working 24 hours a day, in 12 hour shifts, until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel.
What Residents Should Know
- Drivers should anticipate slick, icy road conditions overnight and Sunday morning, and are urged to remain off the roads until conditions improve.
- VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable 48 hours after a storm’s end. Passable is defined as an 8-foot to 10-foot path that is drivable with caution. The road will not necessarily be cleared curb-to-curb, or have bare pavement.
- Crews are plowing and treating Interstate 95, primary roads and key secondary roads that carry heavy traffic first. As conditions improve on these roads, crews will pivot to plowing subdivision streets and lower-volume secondary roads.
- Shoveling a driveway? While facing the street, shovel to the right. This will reduce the amount of snow plowed back into driveways.
Online Snowplow Tracker
Check VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org
The tracker is activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a geographic area. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.
Due to the variable amount of snow expected to fall across the Fredericksburg District, equipment levels may vary. If fewer than 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a geographic area, and snow plowing is not underway in neighborhoods, then the snow plowing status will be based on primary roads.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-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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