Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 2, 2009
Road Condition Update - Noon
FREDERICKSBURG – Since the snow moved out of the area VDOT crews have been able to make progress on the interstate and primary system throughout the district. Motorists will encounter slushy conditions on the main roads and crews continue to plow and treat roads with chemicals, salt, sand and abrasives for traction. Secondary and subdivision streets remain snow covered. There are some area roads that closed due to downed trees and power lines blocking the roadway If travel is necessary, motorists should use extreme caution and are reminded that even treated roads can be slippery especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps.
The following road conditions have been reported throughout the district.
Interstate – minor to moderate conditions
Primary – minor to moderate conditions
Major Secondary – minor to moderate conditions
Secondary and Subdivisions – severe 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.
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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