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FRED-39033

March 1, 2009



Road Condition Update - 9 p.m.
Motorists Urged to use extreme caution

 

FREDERICKSBURG –  As snow continues to fall  throughout the 14-county Fredericksburg District road conditions become hazardous.  Motorists traveling tonight and tomorrow morning are encouraged to use extreme caution. 

All roads throughout the district are reported to be minor to moderately snow covered. 

Crews are applying chemicals, salt and abrasives and plowing the interstate. Motorists are reminded that even treated roads can be slippery especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps.

Snow will continue to fall throughout the night and tomorrow morning with the heaviest snowfall after midnight. Falling temperatures and high winds could cause hazardous driving conditions.

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.

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.

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