Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Dec. 8, 2013
POTENTIAL FOR ICY ROADS IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
VDOT crews mobilized to apply sand, chemicals as needed to melt ice and provide traction
FREDERICKSBURG – Road conditions on Interstate 95, primary roads and secondary roads are currently clear but wet in the Fredericksburg District, with patches of ice in isolated areas.
Road conditions are expected to change later Sunday in areas west of Interstate 95 and north of Route 360, where freezing rain is anticipated to lead to ice accumulation. Rain is expected south of Route 360 on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, with trace amounts of icing possible.
Motorists should avoid any non-essential travel in the affected areas. Before starting a trip, consult 511Virginia. 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.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews mobilized at 5 a.m. Sunday morning in the Fredericksburg District to patrol roads for hazardous driving conditions, and apply materials to melt ice and provide traction.
For motorists who must travel, stay alert for slick or icy road conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which can freeze first due to lower surface temperatures.
VDOT pre-treated Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area on Saturday in advance of the storm. Crews applied salt brine to the road surface, which prevents ice from bonding to the pavement.
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).
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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