Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 3, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT CREWS FOCUS ON CLEARING I-95, PRIMARY ROADS
Snow-covered roads throughout 14-county Fredericksburg District
FREDERICKSBURG – Snow continues to fall across the Fredericksburg District, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are repeatedly plowing the travel lanes on Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads to keep them clear.
Drivers are asked to stay off the roads during the storm. Travel lanes on Interstate 95 have isolated areas of snow and slush, with snow-covered shoulders. Primary roads are passable, but partially snow-covered. Subdivision streets and secondary roads carrying light traffic are completely covered in snow. Blowing snow may also hamper driver visibility.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end. This week, VDOT crews will work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel.
Check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions by calling 511 or going to 511virginia.org.
Road Clearing Priorities
Crews will focus first on clearing roads that carry the most traffic.
Crews begin by clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities, followed by secondary roads and subdivision streets.
Click Here to learn more about how VDOT fights snow.
Driveway Clearing Tips
To make as many roads passable as quickly as possible, VDOT plow operators will push snow off the roadway in smooth, continuous passes. It ends up along road shoulders, sometimes blocking driveways.
To avoid doing double work, wait until a plow has cleared your street before shoveling snow from the end of a driveway.
For motorists who must shovel the end of their driveway before a plow arrives, shovel it to the right of your driveway as you face the road.
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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