Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 2, 2009
Fredericksburg District Road Condition Update - 9 a.m.
FREDERICKSBURG – Snow continues to fall throughout the district. Below freezing temperatures , low visibility and windy conditions are creating hazardous driving conditions. Motorists are encouraged to delay travel if possible. Crews are plowing and applying chemicals, salt, sand and abraisives to provide traction on the interstate, primary and major secondary routes.
The following road conditions have been reported throughout the district.
Interstate – moderate conditions
Primary – moderate conditions
Major Secondary – moderate conditions
Secondary and Subdivisions – severe conditions
Most areas are also reporting downed trees and power lines that are blocking the roadway.
VDOT crews will work in 12 hour shifts around the clock throughout the duration of the storm. Crews will focus first on the interstate and primary routes. Once those roads are in good condition, crews will shift to secondary and subdivision streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 24 hours after the storm ends.
While travel is not recommended. VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Before you
begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
- Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
- Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
- Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
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