Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 14, 2016
WINTER STORM MAY AFFECT WEEKEND TRAVEL IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Motorists are advised to monitor 511virginia.org for road conditions before starting a trip, and plan to limit travel or use extreme caution
FREDERICKSBURG – (12:15 p.m) The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is getting ready today for a winter storm that may create icy, hazardous road conditions tonight and tomorrow across the 14-county Fredericksburg District.
Several inches of snow are forecast for the Fredericksburg District, with the heaviest accumulation expected along the I-95 corridor. Snowfall is anticipated to begin Sunday evening. Snow is forecast to change to freezing rain on Monday afternoon.
Road conditions can change quickly. Before starting a trip tonight or tomorrow, motorists are urged to check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions in their area. Once the storm begins, motorists are advised to either limit travel or use extreme caution.
What VDOT is Doing to Prepare
VDOT crews in the Fredericksburg District mobilized early Sunday morning to load and stage more than 350 pieces of equipment with sand, salt and treatment chemicals. Crews will continue working 24 hours a day, in rotating 12-hour shifts, to plow roads and apply materials to melt ice and improve traction for motorists.
Today, VDOT is treating Interstate 95 and major travel routes with an anti-icing salt brine solution. Anti-icing helps to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which can reduce the risk of hazardous travel conditions.
Trucks applying salt brine to the interstate travel together at approximately 35 mph. One truck travels in each of I-95’s three general purpose lanes, forming a straight line across the interstate. Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto the interstate with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.
What Motorists Should Know
• Once the storm begins, consider limiting travel or plan to use extreme caution.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Allow extra travel time.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
• Use extra caution on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.
• Stay alert for slick spots on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which are more likely to freeze first due to lower pavement temperatures.
• VDOT crews will focus first on treating and clearing roads carrying the most traffic, such as interstates, primary roads, and key secondary roads.
Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
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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