Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


March 17, 2014

Motorists should avoid travel during storm due to hazardous driving conditions

FREDERICKSBURG – Interstate 95, primary and high-volume secondary roads are mostly snow-covered this morning as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continually plow these roads to clear a path as heavy snow falls in the Fredericksburg District. 


Drivers should avoid travel this morning. Motorists should check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions before starting a trip by calling 511 from any phone, or visiting


Low-volume secondary roads and subdivision streets are in severe condition in the Fredericksburg area, and are completely covered in snow. 


In the Northern Neck, secondary roads are in moderate condition, with large sections of snow covering the travel lanes. 


Along the Middle Peninsula, Route 17 is partially to completely snow-covered in Essex and Middlesex counties. Primary and secondary roads in Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties are in moderate condition, with most of the travel lanes partially covered with snow. 


VDOT crews will remain at work in emergency operations 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all state-maintained roads are passable and safe for travel. More than 800 pieces of equipment are available in the Fredericksburg District to plow roadways and apply materials.


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). 


Road Clearing Priorities

Crews focus efforts first on those roads that carry the most traffic. Crews 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, followed by secondary roads and subdivision streets.  

Road Condition Definitions

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 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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