Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Jan. 16, 2018
HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE TOMORROW MORNING
VDOT crews continue pre-treating I-95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the 14-county Fredericksburg District
FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to respond with snow anticipating to affect all 14 counties in the Fredericksburg District overnight and Wednesday morning.
Motorists are advised to check real-time road conditions at 511Virginia before starting a trip with the possibility of hazardous driving conditions during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
VDOT crews began yesterday and continue pre-treating Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads with a salt and water solution called brine, which prevents ice and snow from bonding to the pavement. However, even with advance treatment, road surfaces may be slick once precipitation arrives.
More than 400 trucks are mobilizing to treat and plow roadways. Crews will re-treat roads as needed to reduce icing and improve traction, but motorists are urged to monitor weather forecasts and adjust travel if possible, particularly tomorrow morning when roads may be snow covered and slick.
The forecast indicates the Fredericksburg District could receive anywhere from 1-3 inches of snow late tonight after the evening rush hour to Wednesday morning. Extremely low overnight temperatures may cause icy, slippery conditions especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps.
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.
Crews will monitor conditions in VDOT Park & Ride commuter lots. They will treat and clear the lots as needed.
VDOT crews will begin plowing roads once two inches of snow has accumulated on the road surface.
What Drivers Should Know
- Drivers planning to travel Wednesday morning are advised to allow extra travel time and be prepared to delay travel if road conditions become hazardous.
- If you must be out, take it slow, leave ample room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, do not brake suddenly and make sure your car is in safe winter driving condition.
- As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as brining trucks or snowplows, slow down and allow operators the right of way.
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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