VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Dec. 10, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS POSSIBLE THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING
While most roads are clear, drivers should plan for extra travel time tomorrow morning with potential for icy conditions
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is warning drivers about the possibility of treacherous travel conditions overnight and into tomorrow morning, Dec. 11, with temperatures forecasted to fall below freezing.
Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads are clear, with visible pavement and travel lanes. Crews spent most of today focusing on clearing secondary roads and subdivision streets, which remain in minor to moderate condition with patches of snow on the road surface.
Driver should limit unnecessary travel overnight and plan for extra travel time tomorrow morning with the possibility of icy conditions, especially in neighborhoods and secondary routes.
Any moisture remaining on the road from melted snow or ice may refreeze again tonight. Slick conditions may be more likely on bridges, overpasses, and ramps, which freeze first due to lower pavement temperatures.
VDOT also wants motorists to be alert to the potential of black ice tonight and tomorrow morning. Black ice is a thin, almost invisible layer of ice. Any wet pavement remaining from melting snow may turn into black ice overnight, especially on roads carrying less traffic, on hills, curves, turn lanes and median crossovers.
Before starting a trip, check road conditions anywhere in the state by going to 511Virginia for real-time information. Motorists are reminded to remove all snow and ice from the vehicle to limit hazardous conditions. Snow flying off vehicles is a preventable hazard. By removing excess snow completely off the vehicle, drivers are lowering their risk of crashes and injuries.
Crews will continue to patrol roads overnight and treat any icy, hazardous conditions that develop. They will focus on locations most likely to freeze first, such as interstate ramps, bridges and overpasses.
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.
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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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