VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 6 p.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 9, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: MOTORISTS ASKED TO CONTINUE AVOIDING TRAVEL OVERNIGHT
VDOT plows are making repeated passes on I-95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads to clear travel lanes and treat slick surfaces while heavy snow continues to fall
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Heavy snow continues to fall across the Fredericksburg District this evening, with snow fully or partially covering many state-maintained roads in the Fredericksburg area, Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.
Motorists are asked to continue avoiding any non-essential travel this evening due to slick, hazardous road conditions.
With the winter storm still underway, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are making repeated passes on Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads to clear snow from the travel lanes. Crews are also spreading salt to reduce icing and sand to improve traction for motorists.
Many low-volume secondary roads and subdivision streets are completely covered by snow tonight. Once snow subsides late Sunday to early Monday, and road conditions improve on I-95, primary roads and key secondary roads, crews will be able to shift focus to plowing and treating low-volume secondary roads and subdivision streets.
VDOT Park & Ride commuter lots are being repeatedly cleared and treated ahead of Monday’s morning rush hour travel period. However, with temperatures expected to remain below freezing through tomorrow morning, motorists should plan to use extreme caution.
Crews will continue to work overnight, and will remain on duty 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are passable and safe for travel. VDOT has around 1,200 trucks available for snow removal operations in the Fredericksburg District.
What Residents Should Know
- Motorists are asked to postpone all non-essential travel until the storm ends.
- If you must travel, plan to allow extra travel time, significantly reduce your vehicle speed, wear your seat belt, and increase following distance between vehicles.
- Use additional caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which freeze first due to lower pavement temperatures.
- Even on main roads with visible pavement, patches of snow and slush are present on road shoulders, in turn lanes and in crossovers. Be alert for slick, hazardous conditions.
- Road conditions south and west of the Fredericksburg District may be more severe due to additional snow accumulation in these areas.
- Drivers are encouraged to check 511Virginia before starting a trip for real-time information about road conditions in Virginia.
VDOT Online Snow Plow Tracker
VDOT’s online snow plow tracking map has been activated in Fredericksburg District. VDOT and contractor trucks are equipped with automatic vehicle location technology, and can be monitored on the tracker during snow removal operations.
VDOT 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) or online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.
Follow VDOT on Twitter at @VaDOT and VDOT Fredericksburg District at @VaDOTFRED.
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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