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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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FRED-110391

Jan. 7, 2017



SNOW CONTINUES TO CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Drivers should stay off the roads

FREDERICKSBURG – Snow continues to fall and create hazardous driving conditions across the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Fredericksburg area, and drivers are urged to stay off the roads.

Travel lanes are completely covered in snow along the eastern areas of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and with snow continuing to fall, accumulation levels are expected to grow throughout the afternoon. High winds are hampering visibility, and drifting snow is possible, especially in coastal areas.

In the Fredericksburg area, Caroline County and King George County have received several inches of snow accumulation, and roads are partially or completely covered in snow.

Interstate 95 in Caroline County has travel lanes partially covered in snow. In Stafford and Spotsylvania, I-95 and primary roads are in minor condition, with areas of bare pavement and partial snow coverage.

Conditions are expected to change throughout the day as snow continues to fall. Motorists are advised to check 511virginia.org for real-time conditions in their area.

VDOT Crews Focus on Interstate, Primary Roads

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are focused on repeatedly plowing and applying materials to Interstate 95, primary roads, and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic or connect to public safety and emergency facilities.

Once conditions improve on these roads, VDOT crews can focus next on subdivision streets and lower-volume secondary routes.

VDOT is using more than 750 piece of equipment districtwide. Crews are applying sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction, and are plowing in areas where 2 inches of snow has accumulated.

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 stay off the roads for the duration of the storm, and remain off snow-covered or icy roads. 
  • Shoveling a driveway? Facing the street, shovel snow out of your driveway to the right

Online Snowplow Tracker

VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in the Fredericksburg District. 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.

511Virginia

Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.

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).

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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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