VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 4:45 a.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321 cell
Feb. 19, 2021
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: CAUTION URGED WITH POTENTIALLY ICY ROADS
Drivers are asked to delay travel this morning if possible, with freezing drizzle falling and temperatures hovering near freezing
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Travelers are encouraged to delay travel this morning in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula if possible, with freezing drizzle lingering and temperatures hovering just above freezing.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to treat roads with sand and salt for potential icing, focusing extra attention on surfaces that are most likely to freeze, including bridges, ramps and overpasses.
But any wet pavement may have frozen overnight, creating a potentially hazard surface for driving.
VDOT crews worked overnight and remain mobilized this morning to plow away patches of remaining snow and slush, in addition to spreading treatment materials and abrasives for icing.
Interstate 95 is clear. Primary roads in the Fredericksburg area and Northern Neck are in minor condition, with visible travel lanes but lingering patches of snow and slush. Secondary roads in these areas are in minor to moderate condition, with greater snow coverage on secondary roads carrying light traffic.
Overnight, crews made progress plowing many subdivisions and residential areas, but more work remains Friday to reach all state-maintained roads.
Roads are clear in Mathews, Middlesex and Gloucester counties in the lower end of the Middle Peninsula.
Several roads were closed briefly overnight for downed trees. Falling debris continues to be a potential hazard for motorists with more freezing precipitation continuing to fall. Tree removal crews are available across the district to assist with downed trees and tree branches.
VDOT crews will remain mobilized until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel, and will continue to treat and plow roads around the clock in rotating shifts.
What Motorists Should Know
Delay travel this morning if possible: Any wet pavement may have frozen overnight, and freezing drizzle continues to fall in near-freezing temperatures.
Check road conditions or view traffic cameras: Call 511, visit www.511virginia.org or download the free mobile 511Virginia app to see real-time road conditions around the state, and view traffic cameras.
If motorists encounter debris or another hazard in the road, do not attempt to move it. 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.
Follow VDOT on Twitter at @VaDOT and VDOT Fredericksburg District at @VaDOTFRED.
On Facebook, visit VDOT’s statewide page or join the VDOT Fredericksburg District group.
Merry Point and Sunnybank Ferries
The Merry Point Ferry and Sunnybank Ferry will not operate on Friday, Feb. 19. For real-time updates on ferry service on Saturday, please visit 511Virginia.
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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