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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Kelly.Hannon@VDOT.Virginia.Gov

FRED-45056

Feb. 7, 2010



CREWS BEGIN DIGGING OUT
(VDOT ask residents for patience)

FREDERICSKSBURG (noon) – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have begun the process of digging out after 3rd major snow storm of the season.

Interstate 95 conditions have improved since early this morning.  Motorists will find all lanes primarily clear with icy spots along the shoulder, at bridges, overpasses and on the on and off ramps.  The primary and major secondary routes still have a thin layer of ice packed snow on them but they are passable with caution.  Low volume secondary routes and subdivision streets are snow covered.

Crews will work throughout the day to improve conditions on the area’s main roads; however, it will be Monday before crews can begin to focus on subdivisions. Once they begin to plow in neighborhoods residents should keep in mind the following:

• The main, more heavily traveled roads in a subdivision will be plowed first, to be followed by low-volume roads and cul-de-sacs.

• Plows will make one or two trips to provide a path through neighborhood streets, but they will not clear to bare pavement or from curb to curb.

• Because chemicals are not used in subdivisions, roads will remain snow packed and rutted after the plow has passed. Crews will put sand on hills, curves and intersections as needed to provide traction.

• If planning to shovel their driveways, residents should try to refrain from clearing the last few feet at the curb until your street is plowed, as plows may push snow back into driveways. It also helps to shovel to the right as you face the road.

• VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or trails.

• VDOT plow drivers have assigned routes that include each and every state-maintained road in northern Virginia.

• Call 911 if you have a medical emergency and need to leave your home.

If by Wednesday, residents have not seen a plow in their subdivision, they can call their nearest VDOT office or email fredericksburginfo@vdot.virginia.gov and your location will be dispatched to treat missed spots and problem areas.

VDOT will continue to work around the clock for the several days to clear secondary routes and subdivision streets.  We ask for motorists’ patience while we continue working day and night to plow all state-maintained roadways.

If you plan to leave home VDOT reminds motorists to use extreme caution and call 511 or  visit www.511virginia.org to get the latest road condition information and view interstate traffic cameras.

Road Condition Definitions
Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor – Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution

The following counties are included in the Fredericksburg District: Fredericksburg Area (Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George); Caroline County Area (Caroline, Essex, King William);Northern Neck (Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster); and Middle Peninsula (King and Queen, Mathews, Gloucester, Middlesex)

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