VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 3:30 p.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321 cell
Feb. 5, 2021
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT PREPARING FOR WEEKEND SNOW
Stay alert for slow-moving vehicles pre-treating Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area on Saturday, ahead of snowfall Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Snow is forecast for the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula starting early Sunday morning, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are preparing for this weekend’s inclement weather.
On Saturday, motorists in the Fredericksburg area should be alert for a mobile VDOT operation to pre-treat Interstate 95 and interstate ramps with a salt brine solution in advance of the storm. Pre-treatment will begin Saturday morning.
Trucks applying pre-treatment solution travel at approximately 35 mph. Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto travel lanes with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.
On Saturday evening, VDOT state forces and contractor partners will mobilize to load trucks with sand and salt. Equipment will be deployed to pre-staging locations so crews can begin spreading sand and salt as soon as inclement weather starts.
Currently, snow is anticipated to begin early Sunday, and a mix of rain and snow will continue throughout the day Sunday. Predicted temperatures Sunday evening and Monday morning are expected to freeze any wet pavement remaining on the roads.
With up to 1,200 pieces of equipment available in Fredericksburg District, VDOT crews have the staff and treatment materials to treat slick road surfaces and plow any accumulating snow or slush from this weekend’s storm.
What Motorists Should Know
Plan travel this weekend around snow, not during snow: Once precipitation begins, roads may quickly become slippery, making travel hazardous. Visibility may be limited. Travelers should monitor news and weather sources closely. Plan to arrive at your destination before inclement weather begins, and delay any unnecessary travel, if possible, until after the storm has ended and road conditions have improved.
Check road conditions before starting a trip: 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.
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.
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 operate according to their normal Saturday schedule, and the ferries do not operate on Sunday. For real-time updates on ferry service this week, check 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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