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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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FRED-49892

Dec. 16, 2010



AREA ROADS ARE SNOW COVERED
Noon Update - Crews focus on clearing the interstate

FREDERICKSBURG— Snow continues to fall in the Fredericksburg area covering roads in the northern most areas of the district.

Crews are continuing to focus on clearing the interstate and primary routes and are currently applying liquid calcium and abrasives on the interstate. Plowing operations will begin once there is at least two inches of snow accumulation on the roadway.  Trucks will be dispatched to the secondary routes and subdivisions as soon as the priority routes are clear.

Crews will continue to work around the clock in 12 hour shifts throughout most of the district for the duration of the storm and storm cleanup.

VDOT’s goal for a typical snowstorm is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling during wintry weather and be alert to icy conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and ramps.

Before leaving home motorists should call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org to get the latest road conditions or follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.  RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. Links can be found on VDOT’s website at www.virginiadot.gov

For snow removal questions or to report a road hazard call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). Agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on how VDOT prepares for snow, visit
http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

For snow removal questions or to report a road hazard call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

WINTER DRIVING TIPS
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

The 14-county Fredericksburg District includes:  Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George,  Essex, Westmoreland, Richmond County, Lancaster, Northumberland, Mathews, King William, King and Queen, Gloucester, Middlesex.

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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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