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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Dec. 8, 2017

Motorists should be prepared to use caution or delay travel if road conditions become snow-covered or hazardous; Real-time road conditions are available on 511Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have staged equipment and materials across the 14-county Fredericksburg District to quickly respond to any slick or hazardous road conditions that could develop due to anticipated snowfall and freezing rain tonight and Saturday.

Drivers are encouraged to closely monitor news and weather reports, and to check real-time road conditions on 511Virginia before starting a trip.

Travel may quickly become hazardous Friday evening once snow begins to fall and accumulate on the road surface. Drivers should plan to arrive at their destination before snowfall begins, or delay their trip or use caution if conditions deteriorate.

Conditions may become slippery first on bridges, overpasses and ramps.

Districtwide, VDOT has nearly 1,100 trucks available for winter 2017-2018 to plow roads and spread sand and salt once snow or freezing rain begins falling. Sand and salt are applied once a storm is underway to melt ice and provide motorists with addition traction. Crews will begin to plow roads once 2 inches of snow has accumulated.

During weather emergencies VDOT crews work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are passable and safe for travel.


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


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.






Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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