Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 2, 2009
Update: District Road Conditions Improve - 4 p.m.
(Roads likely to re-freeze tonight creating hazardous driving conditions)
FREDERICKSBURG – Area road conditions have improved. Interstate 95 and the primary routes throughout the district are reported wet with slick spots, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps. Most secondary and subdivision streets remain snow covered.
Crews are beginning to plow secondary routes and subdivision streets and will continue to monitor conditions on the interstate and primary routes overnight for refreezing and blowing snow and treat when necessary.
There are some area roads that are closed due to downed trees and power lines blocking the roadway If travel is necessary, motorists should use extreme caution and are reminded that even treated roads can be slippery especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps.
The following road conditions have been reported as of 4 p.m. in the Fredericksburg District
Interstate – clear to minor conditions
Primary – clear to minor conditions
Major Secondary – minor to moderate conditions
Secondary and Subdivisions – moderate to severe conditions
Crews will work in 12 hour shifts around the clock throughout the duration of the storm. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
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.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
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