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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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FRED-70542

Jan. 28, 2014



SNOWFALL BEGINS IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Primary, secondary roads along Middle Peninsula in moderate condition as large portions of travel lanes become covered in snow

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists will encounter snow-covered roads this evening along the Middle Peninsula and portions of the Northern Neck as a winter storm moves into the eastern half of the 14-county Fredericksburg District.

 

Primary and secondary roads are in moderate condition in Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Middlesex and Mathews counties, where snow is falling, and significant portions of the road are covered in snow.

 

Road conditions are minor in Lancaster County on the Northern Neck, where motorists will encounter patches of snow and ice.

 

Motorists planning to travel overnight or early Wednesday morning in these areas may encounter icy and snow-covered roads. Conditions may be especially slick on hills, curves, bridges, overpasses and ramps, which can be prone to icing. 

 

Before starting a trip, motorists should 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.

 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to plow snow and apply treatment materials. Approximately 500 pieces of state and hired equipment are operating in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, and Fredericksburg area.

 

VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end. Roads carrying the heaviest amount of traffic are cleared first, such as interstates, primary roads, and key secondary roads that connect employment centers and public safety facilities. Once these roads are clear, VDOT plows subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads.

 

VDOT Customer Service Center

 

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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