Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 19, 2009
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT ROADS CONDITION UPDATE - 3 p.m.
(Roads remain snow covered with hazardous driving conditions)
FREDERICSKSBURG— Most roads in the Fredericksburg District remain snow covered as snow continues to fall. Crews are focusing on clearing Interstate 95 and primary routes in the district. Crews have not addressed the secondary routes or subdivision streets.
Crews will continue working around the clock throughout the duration of this storm. 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.
VDOT encourages motorists to avoid driving if at all possible. Driving conditions are hazardous.
If travel is necessary, 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.
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