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FRED-49882

Dec. 16, 2010



SNOW BEGINS TO FALL IN THE FREDERICKSBURG REGION
(Motorists urged to use caution)

FREDERICKSBURG—As snow begins to fall throughout the Fredericksburg area crews are out applying abrasives on the interstate, primary and high volume secondary routes. Motorists should be aware of rapidly changing travel conditions as the winter weather moves through the area.

Crews pretreated the interstate yesterday with a brine solution designed to help prevent snow and ice from bonding on the roadway.

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.

Snow removal operations will begin on the interstate, primary and major secondary routes then the focus will be on clearing subdivision streets and rural secondary routes.  VDOT’s goal for a typical snowstorm is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling during wintry weather and be alert to icy conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and ramps.

For more information on how VDOT prepares for snow, visit
http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

For the latest road conditions, weather, incident information and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org.

For snow removal questions or to report a maintenance issue call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
• 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

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