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FRED-45099

Feb. 8, 2010



BE ALERT TO BLACK ICE OVERNIGHT
VDOT crews continue to work in subdivisions and prepare for another storm

FREDERICSKSBURG (6:15 p.m.) – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) warns motorists to drive with caution on area roads tonight and during the early morning hours due to the refreezing of treated roads.  The snow and ice that has been pushed off of the roadway melts during the daylight hours and the run off refreezes at night forming black ice.  

During the overnight hours crews will continue to work in subdivisions to provide a path for motorists to leave their neighborhoods, however, motorists should not expect to see bare pavement or the snow cleared from curb to curb; most roads will remain snow-packed and rutted after the plow has passed. Motorists should use extreme caution when maneuvering out of their street.

Beginning Tuesday morning crews will begin to prepare for another storm.  The more than 600 pieces of equipment as assigned the 14-county Fredericksburg district will mobilize and be ready to treat the interstate primary and major secondary routes at the onset of the storm.

Before heading out motorists are urged to call 511 or  visit www.511virginia.org  for the latest road conditions.

The following counties are included in the Fredericksburg District: Fredericksburg Area (Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George); Caroline County Area (Caroline, Essex, King William);Northern Neck (Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster); and Middle Peninsula (King and Queen, Mathews, Gloucester, Middlesex)

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