Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 14, 2014
MORNING COMMUTERS FACE SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS
Crews have cleared commuter parking lots; Most secondary routes and subdivision streets remain snow covered
FREDERICKSBURG (5 a.m.) – Once morning commuters maneuver out of their neighborhoods they will find that the conditions on Interstate 95, primary and high volume secondary routes throughout Fredericksburg District are mostly clear to minor.
Motorists are reminded to be alert to patches of snow and ice especially near bridges, overpasses ramps and turn lanes.
Most low volume secondary routes and subdivision streets in the Fredericksburg area including Caroline County and the northern portion of the Northern Neck area including King George and Westmoreland counties remain impassable.
VDOT’s goal is to create a path, treated with salt and sand for traction, on subdivision streets within 48 hours after the storm ends. As conditions improve, crews will return with plows and heavy equipment to clear snow and ice packed roads.
Crews will continue to work around the clock in 12-hour shifts until road conditions improve significantly.
Motorists are urged to delay early morning travel if at all possible or if you must travel check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions by calling 511 or visit www.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).
VDOT offers these winter driving tips:
• Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
• Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
• Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
• Allow extra time for travel.
• When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
• Drive smart and pay attention.
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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