IMMEDIATE - 5 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


March 1, 2018

Motorists should be alert for roads potentially blocked by debris, downed trees and power lines; Check 511Virginia for real-time road closure information

FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the Fredericksburg District are mobilizing tonight ahead of high winds forecast to affect travel in the Fredericksbrg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula on Friday.

VDOT crews are ready to respond to any state-maintained road blocked by debris. Crews are coordinating with tree removal contractors and utility partners to work together on debris removal during the storm to quickly re-open travel lanes.

To report debris or a roadway hazard, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). The Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports.

What Drivers Should Know

Before starting a trip, check 511Virginia to see a list of real-time road closures, and plan the most convenient alternate route.

Reduce your vehicle speed to give yourself additional reaction time.

If you encounter a traffic signal without power, come to a complete stop, and then treat the intersection as a 4-way stop.

If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Stay away from the line and report the hazard.


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


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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