Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Jan. 8, 2017
ICY CONDITIONS IMPROVE AS CREWS CONTINUE TO MAKE SUBSTANIAL PROGRESS
Motorists should avoid any unnecessary travel
FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to work on treating and plowing roads in the Fredericksburg District. Many of the primary roads, including Interstate 95, are clear. Crews are now turning their focus to secondary roads and subdivision streets.
Great progress was made overnight with more than 750 crews working to apply sand, salt and treatment materials to melt ice and to improve traction for vehicle tires. Extremely low overnight temperatures caused icy conditions and refreezing this morning.
Temperatures are rising and conditions are significantly improving in the Fredericksburg area with less snow accumulations. Many of the major roads in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties are in minor condition with isolated areas of snow, ice, or slush.
More than 10 inches of snow accumulated in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas. Many of the primary roads are in minor condition with areas of snow, ice or slush on portions of the road. The majority of the secondary roads are in moderate to severe condition with snow or ice on major portions of the road.
Motorists should limit travel and use extreme caution if travel is absolutely necessary.
What Residents Should Know
- If you must be out, take it slow, leave ample room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, do not brake suddenly and make sure your car is in safe winter driving condition. Tires with good tread is critical.
- If driveways or sidewalks are too icy or slick for walking, road conditions may also be slippery. Controlling cars on icy roads is extremely difficult.
- As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as snowplows, slow down and allow operators the right of way.
- VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable 48 hours after a storm’s end. Passable is defined as an 8-foot to 10-foot path that is drivable with caution. The road will not necessarily be cleared curb-to-curb, or have bare pavement.
- Shoveling a driveway? While facing the street, shovel to the right. This will reduce the amount of snow plowed back into driveways.
Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a geographic area. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.
Due to the variable amount of snowfall across the Fredericksburg District, equipment levels may vary. If fewer than 2 inches of snow accumulated in a geographic area, and snow plowing is not underway in neighborhoods, then the snow plowing status will be based on primary roads.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center
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 (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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