Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


March 16, 2014

Check 511 Virginia before traveling

FREDERICKSBURG – While temperatures have exceeded 60 degrees this weekend, motorists should be aware that a significant winter storm is expected to affect the 14-county Fredericksburg District beginning this afternoon, and driving may become hazardous.


Road conditions can change quickly. Drivers should check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions before starting a trip. Call 511 or visit to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.


Motorists are urged to stay off the roads once snow begins to fall.


In the Fredericksburg area and Northern Neck, a potential 6-9 inches of snow is forecast to fall, and 1-3 inches of snow is forecast for the southern Middle Peninsula. The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur overnight and Monday morning.


Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will mobilize this afternoon to keep travel lanes clear, and to apply salt and sand as needed. VDOT crews are preparing equipment and materials, and staging trucks for quick deployment.


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.  


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.



Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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