VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 5:15 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321


Jan. 13, 2019

Overnight, any melted snow and slush is expected to freeze, leading to icy and slick road conditions; Motorists are advised to continue delaying travel until after storm's end

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists are asked to continue delaying travel as icy, slick road conditions are expected to develop overnight as temperatures drop below freezing in the Fredericksburg District.

Melted snow and slush from this weekend’s winter storm is expected to re-freeze on roads, causing potentially hazardous travel conditions. Also, additional snow and wintry precipitation remains possible this evening.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will continue to work in emergency response overnight, with around 750 trucks available to patrol for icing. Crews will apply sand to improve traction and salt to reduce icing.

Other crews will be dedicated overnight to improving conditions and removing snow from intersections, turn lanes, crossovers and shoulders along I-95, primary and high-volume secondary roads.

Work will continue to make initial passes into subdivisions and along lower-volume secondary roads to create an 8 ft. to 10 ft. path into residential areas for emergency access. These initial passes may not reach each street in a neighborhood. When conditions have improved on priority routes, VDOT crews will return to plow all state-maintained roads in these areas.

If additional snow accumulates on Interstate 95 and primary roads, crews will be diverted to make repeated passes on these priority routes to keep them clear.

What Residents Should Know

  • Motorists are asked to continue delaying travel as icy, slick road conditions, and more potential snow, are possible tonight.
  • 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).

Online Snowplow Tracker

VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org has been activated in Fredericksburg District where 2 inches of snow has accumulated.

Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.


Check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions statewide.

Motorists can download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, visit www.511virginia.org, or reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

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) and online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Additional VDOT Information Sources


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.

Page last modified: Jan. 13, 2019