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FRED-45140

Feb. 10, 2010



MORE SNOW MEANS MORE DELAYS FOR RESIDENTS
(Tiger Teams support subdivision clean up effort)

FREDERICKSBURG  –  With another 5 to 10 inches of fresh snow in the area,  the Virginia  Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks residents to be patient while crews work day and night to clear all state maintained roads.  Crews are focusing on clearing the interstate, primary and major secondary routes. Once conditions improve on the main roads; crews will return to the already snow and ice packed low volume secondary routes and subdivision streets to clear a path for residents to leave their neighborhoods.

Records indicate that there are hundreds of subdivisions located in the 3-county Fredericksburg Residency which includes Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George. This equates to approximately 4,000 miles of roadway to be plowed by 250 pieces of equipment, which includes trucks, motor graders and loaders.  

Earlier this week, Tiger Teams were dispatched to this area to assist with snow removal efforts in subdivision using motor graders to break through the layer of ice and snow.  They also assisted with the effort to remove piles of snow from the medians and crossovers in the Fredericksburg area to improve site distance and safety for the traveling public.  The snow is being hauled to state-owned facilities throughout the area.  

The Tiger Teams returned to their home base when more snow was forecasted for their areas located in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.  Once the storm passes and their roads are clear, the teams will return to the Fredericksburg area.

What does this all mean to area residents?  Another day or two before plows resume clearing neighborhood streets.  

Below are a few things to remember while waiting for crews to arrive:

• 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 generally 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 as heavily 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 refrain from clearing the last few feet at the curb until your street is plowed, as plows may inadvertently push snow back into driveways. It also helps to shovel to the right of your driveway as you face the road to help plows keep from pushing snow back into your driveway.
• VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or trails.
• VDOT plow drivers have assigned routes that include each and every state-maintained road in Virginia.
• Call 911 if you have a medical emergency and need to leave your home and VDOT will work with emergency responders to reach your home.

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