Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 2, 2009
The Fredericksburg District reports hazardous road conditions
5 a.m. update
FREDERICKSBURG – The 14-county Fredericksburg District has reported hazardous road conditions throughout the area including Interstate 95 Route 1, Route 3, Route 17, Route 30, Route 360. More than 6 inches of snow has fallen in most areas and it continues to snow. High winds are creating low visibility, drifting snow and downed trees and power lines. VDOT crews continue to treat the interstate, primary and major secondary routes with chemicals, salt, sand and abrasives and plowing.
The following road conditions have been reported throughout the district.
Interstate – moderate conditions
Primary – moderate conditions
Major Secondary – moderate conditions
Secondary and Subdivisions – severe conditions
VDOT crews will work in 12 hour shifts around the clock throughout the duration of the storm. Crews will focus first on the interstate and primary routes. Once those roads are in good condition, crews will shift to secondary and subdivision streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 24 hours after the storm ends.
While travel is not recommended. VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Before you
begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
- Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
- Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
- Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.
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