Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 19, 2012
VDOT CREWS MOBILIZED FOR WEEKEND WEATHER
Snow removal teams prepared to keep Interstate 95 and Fredericksburg District roadways clear throughout the event
FREDERICKSBURG—Snow removal teams with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have mobilized in the Fredericksburg region to prepare for predicted snow accumulation on area roadways by Sunday afternoon and evening.
Crews mobilized early Sunday morning in Caroline, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties and along Interstate 95 to prepare equipment and materials. Work crews will mobilize at mid-afternoon in the Northern Neck and along the Middle Peninsula, where snow is forecast to begin falling later in the day. The heaviest snowfall is forecast for the central areas of the Fredericksburg District, which could receive two to five inches of snow.
Along Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area, VDOT has dedicated 36 trucks to apply salt and abrasives as needed, and to continuously plow the travel lanes to keep them clear.
Interstate and primary roads are VDOT’s first priority for snow removal, since they carry the highest volume of traffic.
Once these roads are clear, VDOT will concentrate on key secondary routes, and then subdivision streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end.
Once mobilized, VDOT snow removal teams work around the clock until conditions are safe for traveling.
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).
Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid travel during inclement weather. If travel is absolutely necessary, the following driving tips are advised:
- Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Leave a few minutes early.
- Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
- 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.
- Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
- Drive smart and pay close attention.
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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