Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Dec. 6, 2013
VDOT CREWS PREPARE FOR WEEKEND WEATHER
Snow and freezing rain is forecast for portions of the Fredericksburg District on Sunday, especially areas west of Interstate 95
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will mobilize this weekend to treat roads as a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain is forecast for the Fredericksburg District starting early Sunday morning.
Motorists are urged to pay close attention to weather forecasts and road conditions throughout the day Sunday, and to postpone all non-essential travel.
Icy road conditions are expected to develop quickly with the onset of freezing rain in the Fredericksburg region, especially west of Interstate 95.
Before traveling, motorists can call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to check real-time road conditions in any part of Virginia.
VDOT will pre-treat Interstate 95, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area on Saturday.
To pre-treat roads, VDOT applies salt brine to the road surface, which prevents ice from bonding to the pavement.
Winter Weather Resources
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District has a snow removal budget of $6.6 million for the 2013-2014 winter season.
The District has 876 pieces of state and hired equipment available to apply chemicals and clear snow and ice, with 83 pieces of equipment solely dedicated to Interstate 95 and interstate ramps in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
Nearly 500 VDOT staff members are available in the Fredericksburg District to mobilize for inclement weather conditions, assisted by seasonal workers operating hired equipment.
The Fredericksburg District has a full stock of treatment materials, including:
• 30,986 tons of salt
• 32,172 gallons of liquid calcium chloride
• 15,790 tons of sand
• 10,831 tons of chemically-treated abrasives
• 5,800 gallons of liquid sodium chloride
Statewide, VDOT’s snow-removal budget for the 2013-2014 winter season is $157 million. However, the agency will use whatever resources necessary to keep Virginia’s roads clear and safe, no matter the weather.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. Secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit the commonwealth, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.
A statewide network of 77 weather sensors in roadways and bridges, plus 16 mobile video data platforms, allows crews to quickly identify when and where road surfaces might be freezing.
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).
Winter weather driving tips and other information is available online at www.VirginiaDOT.org on VDOT’s Winter Travel page.
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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