VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Jan. 14, 2019
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: CREWS NOW FOCUSING ON SECONDARY ROADS AND SUBDIVISION STREETS
I-95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads are in clear to minor condition; Drivers are still encouraged to limit unnecessary travel to allow crews to make additional progress
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to work around the clock in emergency operations with state and hired forces now focusing on secondary roads and subdivision streets.
Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads are in clear to minor condition, with visible pavement and travel lanes. Many secondary roads and subdivision streets remain in moderate condition with patches of snow and ice on the road surface. Our goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours of the storm’s end.
Drivers are encouraged to limit unnecessary travel to allow crews to make additional progress today. To track plowing progress where you live, check out VDOT’s online snow plow tracking map at vdotplows.org.
If you must travel today, check road conditions anywhere in the state by going to 511Virginia before starting a trip for real-time information.
What Residents Should Know
- If travel is essential, plan to allow extra travel time and reduce your vehicle speed. Increase following distance between vehicles.
- Clean snow and ice from your vehicle before starting a trip. This will improve your visibility of the road ahead, and it will prevent snow and ice from becoming a flying debris hazard for other travelers.
- Remember to move over and slow down for stopped vehicles with flashing, blinking or alternating blue, red or amber lights.
- Our goal is to have all roads passable 48 hours after the storm’s end. With snowfall ending late Sunday, this means VDOT will strive to have all roads plowed and passable by Tuesday evening.
- Shoveling a driveway? Remember to shovel to the right while facing the street. This will reduce the amount of double work that may be required after a snowplow makes a pass along your street.
- If possible, please park vehicles in driveways. This will assist our crews as they seek to remove as much snow as possible from roads and cul-de-sacs.
- Be alert for tree debris in the roadway as snow weighs down trees and tree limbs. Report any downed trees or other hazards in the road to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
- Conditions are ideal for potholes to emerge. Potholes form when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and thaws. This cycle weakens the pavement and the weight of traffic causes it to loosen. Over time, the pavement begins to crumble. Report a pothole, by calling VDOT’s Customer Service Center, which is open 24 hours a day, or online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/
- Be aware water may pond on the roadway due to storm drains blocked by snow which may cause icy spots and slick conditions.
Additional VDOT Information Sources
- Find VDOT Fredericksburg District news releases online on VDOT’s website, VirginiaDOT.org, under “Newsroom.”
- Follow VDOT on Twitter @VaDOT and @VaDOTFRED
- Connect with us on Facebook on our VDOT page, and VDOT Fredericksburg District group page.
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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