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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 9, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT CREWS TREATING ROADS FOR ICY PATCHES
Re-freezing overnight has created minor icing this morning on the interstate and primary roads in the Fredericksburg area and sections of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck
FREDERICKSBURG – Minor icing and slick spots are present on Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg area and portions of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck this morning, and drivers are encouraged to delay travel or plan to use additional caution if traveling.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews patrolled roads overnight and remain at work this morning to apply sand and salt to icy patches on the interstate, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads. Crews also concentrated on treating locations that typically freeze first, such as ramps and bridges, and roads with steep hills and sharp curves. Park & Ride commuter lots in the Fredericksburg area have been treated for icing.
In the Middle Peninsula, minor icing is present on primary roads in Essex, Middlesex, King and Queen and King William counties. In Mathews and Gloucester counties, roads have wet pavement but clear conditions.
Freezing temperatures overnight caused any moisture remaining on the roads to freeze. This can lead to a glaze of ice coating the road that is difficult to see. Even with treatment, road conditions may remain hazardous, especially on roads carrying less traffic.
Drivers are encouraged to delay travel if possible to allow road conditions to improve as temperatures rise this morning. Drivers who must travel should plan to allow extra travel time, reduce their vehicle speed, and increase their following distance between vehicles.
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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