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

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Tina.Bundy@VDOT.virginia.gov

FRED-62955

Jan. 18, 2013



MAJOR ROADS IN THE FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT ARE CLEAR; MOTORISTS MAY ENCOUNTER SLICK SPOTS
Crews are plowing secondary routes in the Caroline County and Middle Peninsula areas

FREDERICKSBURG –  Interstate 95, primary routes and major secondary routes within the  14-county Fredericksburg District are clear this morning.  However, VDOT crews are plowing and applying abrasives on some secondary routes in Caroline County and in the Middle Peninsula area.  

With temperatures in most areas at or below freezing, motorists are urged to use caution and be alert to slick spots especially on bridges, overpasses and less traveled routes.  

VDOT crews will continue to work throughout the day clearing areas that are snow covered,
monitoring roads for slick spots and treating roads as needed.  

Motorists can call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.

Road conditions may be rated on 511Virginia 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 agents are also available 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

If traveling this morning motorists should are encouraged to:

• Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Leave a few minutes early.
• 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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