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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 4, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: Snow Covering Most Primary, Secondary Roads
Drivers are encouraged to delay travel if possible to allow crews to make progress plowing and treating roads; Check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue plowing and treating state-maintained roads across the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula this morning after overnight snowfall, and drivers will find snow-covered, slick road conditions on most primary and secondary roads.
Drivers are asked to stay off the roads and delay travel if possible to allow crews additional time to make progress making roads passable. High winds are contributing to drifting snow and limited visibility, especially in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Currently, VDOT crews are focused on plowing and applying treatment materials to 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.
Around 500 trucks are deployed 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.
In the Fredericksburg area, Caroline County received between 1-2 inches of snow overnight, with around one inch of snow accumulating in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.
Interstate 95 is in minor condition, with mostly bare pavement and isolated areas of snow. Park & Ride lots have been plowed and treated.
Primary roads, high-volume secondary roads, subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads are in moderate condition, and remain mostly covered in snow.
Approximately 2 inches of snow fell in King George County, with heavier snow accumulation ranging between 4 and 5 inches in Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster counties.
Primary roads in King George County are in minor condition, with isolated patches of snow coverage. Primary and secondary roads across the remainder of the Northern Neck are in moderate condition, and the travel lanes are mostly snow-covered.
A range of 2-5 inches of snow fell overnight across the Middle Peninsula, with around 2 inches accumulating in Essex County, and heavier snow accumulation to the east in Mathews and Middlesex counties.
Primary roads in the Middle Peninsula are in moderate condition this morning and are mostly snow-covered, and secondary roads are in severe condition, and are completely covered by snow.
What Residents Should Know
Drivers are asked to stay off the roads and delay travel if possible to allow crews to make progress plowing and treating roads.
Shoveling a driveway? Facing the street, shovel snow out of your driveway to the right. If possible, consider waiting to shovel your driveway until after a plow has reached your street, or wait to shovel the portion of your driveway adjacent to the road.
VDOT crews continue to work in 24-hour emergency operations. Crews will work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are passable and safe for travel.
Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org is activated for locations where 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.
Users will see one of 3 status updates for their residential area: Not started (red), in progress (yellow), or plowed (green).
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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