Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 16, 2010
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION OVERNIGHT
Crews to work overnight treating and plowing roads
FREDERICKSBURG— Crews are beginning to make progress on the interstate and primary routes in the Fredericksburg area. Many secondary routes and subdivisions streets remain snow or ice covered.
As temperatures fall overnight, areas that have been treated may refreeze and become slick. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling tonight and during the morning commute tomorrow.
The following conditions exist on area roads.
Primary and High Volume Secondary Routes: Minor - Moderate
Secondary and Subdivisions: Moderate
If traveling motorists should use extreme caution especially at bridges, overpasses and ramps and before leaving home call 511 or visit www.511.virginia.gov for real time road condition
Crews will continue to work around the clock in 12 hour shifts throughout most of the district for the duration of the storm and storm cleanup.
VDOT’s goal for a typical snowstorm is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center (CSC) is open around the clock to answer your snow removal questions or if you would like to report a road hazard. The CSC can be reached at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
WINTER DRIVING TIPS
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
The 14-county Fredericksburg District includes: Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Essex, Westmoreland, Richmond County, Lancaster, Northumberland, Mathews, King William, King and Queen, Gloucester, Middlesex.
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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