Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 12, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT READY FOR WINTER WEATHER
While VDOT crews will be out in force to plow and treat roads, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads during the storm
FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has staged equipment, mobilized staff, and prepared materials across the 14-county Fredericksburg District in advance of snowfall beginning tonight.
More than 800 pieces of equipment are available in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to plow roads and apply sand and salt. Approximately 70 trucks are dedicated to clearing Interstate 95’s travel lanes and ramps.
Yesterday, VDOT pre-treated the interstate, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads with an anti-icing solution of salt brine. Anti-icing prevents ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which reduces the risk of hazardous travel conditions.
Once snow begins to fall, VDOT crews will work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end.
While VDOT crews will be out in force to plow and treat roads, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads during the storm.
Check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions by calling 511 or going to 511virginia.org. 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).
Tree removal contractors are on standby to assist VDOT with the removal of downed trees, limbs and debris. VDOT is coordinating with utility companies regarding any downed power lines that may fall across roadways.
With the potential for power outages, traffic signals could be down. If motorists encounter a traffic signal without power, it should be treated as a four-way stop.
Road Clearing Priorities
Crews focus efforts first on those roads that carry the most traffic. Crews begin 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.
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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