Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 19, 2009
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT ROAD CONDITIONS ARE HAZARDOUS
(Severe conditions exists on I-95 and most primary routes)
FREDERICSKSBURG— Road conditions in the Fredericksburg district have deteriorated with hazardous conditions being reported on I-95 and on most primary routes. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the road if at all possible.
VDOT crews will continue to focus on the interstate and primary routes throughout the night. It is unlikely that crews will plow secondary routes tonight. However, it is VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends. Crews first clear interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. They will then treat secondary roads and subdivision streets if multi-day storms hit Virginia, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
If you have to go out tonight VDOT offers the following safe driving tips:
• 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.
For more information about VDOT’s winter weather efforts and overall winter weather information including frequently asked questions, visit www.virginiadot.org.
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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