Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 31, 2010
CREWS WORK TO CLEAR AREAS ROADS
(Motorists urged to check 511 before heading out)
FREDERICKSBURG (9:30 a.m.) — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked overnight plowing and clearing the interstate, primary and major secondary routes throughout the 14 county district.
This morning the interstate has been upgraded to minor conditions. Primary and major secondary routes are reported to be in moderate conditions meaning there is snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway or but the roads are passable with caution. Some primary routes in the Middle Peninsula area remain in severe condition meaning there may be significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway and conditions remain hazardous.
During a typical snow fall VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends this includes neighborhood streets. Most areas in the Fredericksburg District have reported that an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow fell between midnight and 4 a.m. this morning. Once conditions improve on the primary and major secondary routes, resources will be assigned to neighborhood streets. Crews will continue to work around the clock until all roads are passable.
For the latest road conditions, weather, incident information and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org.
The following counties are included in the Fredericksburg District: Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, Essex, King William, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster, King and Queen, Middlesex, Gloucester and Mathews.
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
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