Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 26, 2010
MIDDLE PENINSULA AND NORTHERN NECK REGION
Interstate crews patrolling and prepared to respond
It continues to snow in the southern and eastern portions of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution if traveling in these areas. It is forecasted that snow will continue to fall throughout the day with high gusty winds to move into the area later today. With an average of 6 inches of accumulation crews are plowing on the primary and high volume secondary routes. VDOT has a roster of tree removal vendors on stand by to assist with clearing trees if needed.
In other areas including the Fredericksburg area, crews have pretreated the interstate and primary routes and are applying chemicals, salt, sand and abrasives as needed. Trucks are patrolling the interstate and other areas prone to freezing especially and bridges, ramps and overpasses. General road conditions in the area of listed as wet with some slushy, slick spots.
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 are planning to travel to day be sure to visit www.511virginia.org or call 511 before leaving home 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
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.
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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