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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-63148

Jan. 28, 2013



MOTORISTS URGED TO MONITOR WEATHER, DRIVE WITH CAUTION
Freezing rain is falling in the Fredericksburg area this morning, and VDOT crews have mobilized to treat for icy conditions

FREDERICKSBURG – Freezing rain has begun falling in the Fredericksburg area this morning. Interstate 95 is currently clear, but primary roads, bridges and secondary roads are in minor condition.  

 

Motorists planning to drive are encouraged to monitor current weather reports before starting a trip, and are strongly encouraged to delay their travel depending on road conditions.

 

Freezing conditions develop first on ramps, bridges and overpasses, where pavement temperatures are lower. Even when road conditions appear clear, motorists may encounter isolated patches of ice or slick spots on area roadways.

 

Virginia Department of Transportation crews and hired personnel have mobilized in the Fredericksburg area, and are reporting to duty before rush hour in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Crews will focus on treating Interstate 95 and primary roads with an abrasive mix of salt and sand, giving drivers extra traction.

 

Motorists should reduce their speed and allow extra following distance between vehicles.

 

Motorists can call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions before starting a trip.

 

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 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

 

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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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