VDOT News - Fredericksburg

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FRED-157575

Feb. 20, 2020



FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT PREPARED FOR SNOW THURSDAY, ICY ROAD CONDITIONS FRIDAY
Drivers should plan to adjust travel if necessary, as roads may quickly become slushy once snowfall begins Thursday, with icy conditions anticipated overnight and Friday morning

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Fredericksburg region are mobilizing in emergency response today ahead of snowfall expected to begin late Thursday afternoon.

Crews will work overnight to patrol Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads for any hazardous travel conditions. Trucks will apply sand, salt and treatment materials to reduce icing and improve motorist traction. Plowing will be performed as needed to clear away slush, and where 2 inches of snow or more has accumulated on the road surface.

Drivers are advised to monitor news and weather reports closely before starting a trip late Thursday or early Friday, and adjust travel if necessary. Travelers are encouraged to check 511Virginia for real-time information about road conditions in Virginia.

What Motorists Should Know

Weather conditions are anticipated to vary across the 14-county Fredericksburg District, with snow and slush accumulation anticipated in portions of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, especially in Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster and Mathews counties. A potential light snowfall is forecast for the Fredericksburg region.

Snow may quickly cause roads to become slick, slushy and hazardous once the storm begins. Driver visibility may be limited.

Overnight, any remaining moisture from melted snow and slush will freeze early Friday as temperatures drop. Black ice may be present on surfaces that appear wet.

Motorists should plan to adjust travel, or allow extra travel time, significantly reduce your speed, and increase following distance between vehicles.

Use additional caution while traveling on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which freeze first due to lower surface temperatures, as well as on roads carrying lighter traffic volumes.

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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Merry Point and Sunnybank Ferries

The Merry Point Ferry and Sunnybank Ferry are currently operating according to their normal schedule. For real-time updates on ferry service later Thursday and Friday, check 511Virginia.

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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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