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FRED-44128

Dec. 18, 2009



FREDERICKSBURG CREWS GEAR UP FOR WINTER STORM
(Anti-icing operations are complete)

FREDERICSKSBURG— The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) crews in the 14-county Fredericksburg District are gearing up for the first major storm of the season.

VDOT crews mobilized this morning and will continue to work in 12 hour shifts around the clock throughout the duration of the storm.  Earlier this morning crews pretreated Interstate 95, primary routes and high volume secondary routes in the Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and the Northern Neck area.  The anti-icing chemicals will prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow once it begins to fall.

The forecasters predict as much as 5 to 15 inches of snow to fall over the next 48 hours.  The forecast includes high winds that could result in drifting snow in some areas.  Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution when driving or delay travel if at all possible.

For up to the minute road condition information call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org.

For more information about  VDOT’s winter weather efforts and overall winter weather information including frequently asked questions, visit www.virginiadot.org.

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