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

FRED-49895

Dec. 16, 2010



EVENING RUSH HOUR WILL BE SLIPPERY
Plowing operations begin - secondary roads remain snow covered

FREDERICKSBURG— With an average of 2 inches of accumulated snow on the ground throughout the district, VDOT has started plowing area roads.  Crews are focusing on clearing the interstate, primary and high volume secondary routes.  The condition of most roads throughout the district is reported as minor to moderate.

Motorists traveling during the evening rush hour will encounter slushy, slippery areas on the interstate, primary and high volume secondary routes and most subdivision streets,  low volume and rural. secondary routes will have moderate conditions and will become slick during the overnight hours.

If traveling motorists should use extreme caution especially at bridges, overpasses and ramps.  

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.

If you must travel 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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