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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Tina.Bundy@VDOT.virginia.gov

FRED-56760

March 5, 2012



ROADS IN CLEAR TO MINOR CONDITION IN THE FREDERICKSBURG AREA
Motorists should be alert for wet pavement conditions due to falling snow, and areas of accumulated snow on secondary roads in Caroline and Spotsylvania counties

FREDERICKSBURG—Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg region are damp but mostly clear as snow continues to fall across the region.

 

In southern and western Spotsylvania County, and in Caroline County, motorists may encounter areas of accumulated snow on secondary roads.

 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow removal teams mobilized prior to rush hour this morning in the Fredericksburg region, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to respond to potential icing or snow accumulation.

 

Crews continue to patrol roadways to monitor conditions, and will plow roadways where at least two inches of accumulated snow has fallen. VDOT continues to apply chemicals and abrasives as required to melt ice or provide traction for vehicles.

 

In the Northern Neck, primary and secondary roads in Lancaster County and Westmoreland County are in minor condition, with patches of slush, snow or ice covering small portions of several roads.

 

Along the Middle Peninsula, motorists will encounter mostly clear pavement. Portions of Route 17 in Essex County are in minor condition.

 

This evening, any moisture remaining on the pavement could freeze as temperatures fall. Motorists should be alert for isolated icy or slick spots.

 

Icy conditions may exist on roads carrying lower volumes of traffic, as well as on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which can freeze more rapidly than other sections of the roadway due to lower pavement temperatures.

 

Before starting a trip, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state. Road conditions may be rated as clear, minor, moderate or severe.

 

  • Clear: No conditions.
  • Minor:  Bare pavement, except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.
  • Moderate: Snow or ice is covering major portions of the roadway.
  • Severe: Significant amount of snow or ice is covering the roadway, and roadway may be partially blocked or affected by drifting snow.

 

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

 

VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

 

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