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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Tina.Bundy@VDOT.virginia.gov

FRED-70527

Jan. 28, 2014



VDOT CREWS, EQUIPMENT READY FOR WINTER WEATHER
Sand, salt supplies have been replenished and equipment is being staged, especially in Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula

FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are mobilized and ready for the onset of snow this afternoon in the Fredericksburg District, with additional personnel and equipment activated for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, where heavier accumulation is anticipated.

 

Sand, salt and chemicals have been replenished throughout the 14-county district. Nearly 800 pieces of state and hired equipment are available to plow snow and apply treatment materials to the road, with 500 pieces of equipment expected to deploy this afternoon.

 

Motorists planning to travel this afternoon or evening are advised to 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 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).

 

Winter Weather Travel Safety Tips

 

  • The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. About 70 percent of deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.
  • If motorists stay off the roads during a winter storm, transportation workers and public-safety officials can clear roads and respond more quickly to emergency needs.
  • Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Leave a few minutes early.
  • Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges and overpasses.  
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency-response vehicles.

 

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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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