VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
March 11, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: DRIVERS URGED TO PREPARE FOR THE CHANCE OF SNOW ON MONDAY
Motorists should monitor weather forecasts and travel conditions with the possibility of snow affecting both the Monday morning and afternoon commutes
FREDERICKSBURG – Drivers should monitor weather and travel conditions with the possibility of snow on Monday, March 12, affecting both the morning and afternoon commutes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will mobilize at midnight and be ready to respond with staffing, equipment and materials.
Fredericksburg District crews will be on standby to spread sand, salt and treatment chemicals as needed to improve motorist traction. Crews will treat the interstate and primary roads first, and then move to high-volume secondary roads.
Staff will monitor conditions in VDOT Park & Ride commuter lots. Crews will treat and clear the lots as needed.
Before hitting the road, check www.511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for real-time road conditions in any area of the state.
Drivers can stay safe by allowing extra travel time to reach their destination and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
Slick conditions may be more likely on bridges, overpasses, and ramps, which freeze first due to lower surface temperatures.
Crews will work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to remove snow, apply sand and salt to I-95 and primary roads in all 14 counties of the Fredericksburg District. They will stay mobilized until all state maintained roads are safe for travel.
Crews mobilized yesterday, Saturday, March 10, to pretreat primary roads in the northern areas of the Fredericksburg District, including Interstate 95, Route 1, Route 301 and Route 218.
Drivers are reminded that even previously treated roads may become slick once precipitation begins.
Weather forecasts are predicting overnight temperatures to remain below freezing through Wednesday and drivers should be prepared for a possible refreeze.
Even on bare pavement, black ice may be present. Residents are encouraged to consider if their driveway or sidewalk is too icy or slick for walking, road conditions may also be slippery.
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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