VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 4:45 a.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321


Dec. 10, 2018

Motorists advised to continue avoiding non-essential travel as VDOT crews work around the clock to plow snow and apply sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists will encounter icy, snow-covered pavement on many secondary roads across the 14-county Fredericksburg District this morning, and travelers are encouraged to avoid any non-essential travel until Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews can make additional progress clearing and treating roads.

Locations in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula received between 3 and 12 inches of snow, with the heaviest accumulation falling in Caroline, King and Queen and King William counties.

VDOT crews worked through the night, 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 500 pieces of equipment mobilized for snow removal operations in the Fredericksburg District.

Snow subsided late Sunday into early Monday, which allowed VDOT crews to make progress opening travel lanes and treating roads carrying the heaviest traffic volumes, which are our leading priority.

Interstate 95

Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area is in minor condition, with snow plowed and pavement visible in all three travel lanes. However, motorists will still encounter snow along the interstate shoulders and in isolated patches. Even with treatment, icy conditions may be present. Motorists who must travel should plan to use extreme caution.

VDOT Park & Ride commuter lots have been cleared and treated.

Primary Roads

Primary roads, which are routes numbered 599 and below, range from minor to moderate condition in the Fredericksburg area and western areas of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. These roads are passable and have some visible pavement and open travel lanes, but motorists will still encounter patches of ice and snow.

Primary roads in the eastern end of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are clear.

Subdivision Streets and Low-Volume Secondary Roads

Many secondary roads, which are routes numbered 600 and above, are completely covered with snow this morning. Icy, treacherous travel conditions are present in many locations.

VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable 48 hours after a storm’s end. As road conditions improve today on I-95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads, crews will be able to shift resources to plowing and treating low-volume secondary roads and subdivision streets.

What Residents Should Know

    • Motorists are asked to postpone all non-essential travel until conditions improve
    • 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.
    • We prioritize snow treatment to focus on interstates, major primary routes and public health and safety connectivity hubs first. We pay close attention to areas near hospitals, schools and emergency services.
    • Drivers are encouraged to check 511Virginia before starting a trip for real-time information about road conditions in Virginia.

VDOT Online Snow Plow Tracker

Track plowing progress where you live. VDOT’s online snow plow tracking map at vdotplows.org 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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Page last modified: Dec. 10, 2018