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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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FRED-70402

Jan. 22, 2014



FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: VDOT CREWS CONTINUE TO PLOW, TREAT ROADS
Interstate 95 has isolated areas of snow, and primary roads are

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists traveling this morning should use additional caution, as primary roads throughout the Fredericksburg District are mostly covered in snow, with complete snow coverage on most secondary roads and subdivision streets.

 

Interstate 95 is in minor condition, with isolated areas of snow on the pavement. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) commuter lots have been plowed and treated.

 

Primary roads are in moderate condition in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck, and most of the Middle Peninsula. Primary roads on the lower end of the Middle Peninsula, in Gloucester and Mathews counties, have isolated areas of snow coverage.

 

Secondary roads are severe in all areas, with some secondary roads in moderate condition in the lower area of the Middle Peninsula.

 

Temperatures this morning are below 20 degrees, a level at which salt is less effective at melting snow and ice. VDOT is applying sand to provide drivers with additional traction, especially on areas prone to icing, such as ramps, bridges and overpasses.

 

VDOT crews have been at work overnight to plow streets, starting with the roads that carry the most traffic, such as interstates and primary roads, followed by secondary roads and subdivision streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads plowed 48 hours after a storm ends.

 

VDOT crews will remain at work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are clear and safe for travel.

 

A complete list of real-time road conditions, grouped by locality, can be found at 511Virginia.org: http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions

 

Motorist Resources

 

Check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions. 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.

 

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 Condition Definitions

 

  • 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.

 

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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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