Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 4, 2014
VDOT CREWS FOCUS ON CLEARING SUBDIVISION, SECONDARY ROUTES TODAY
Plows had made an initial pass in each subdivision by this morning, and crews are returning to every street today and tomorrow for thorough plow
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews made an initial pass into subdivisions by Tuesday morning, and are returning to every state-maintained street today and tomorrow to break up and remove packed-down snow and ice.
Travel lanes are clear on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area. Today, crews will be removing snow, ice and slush from the interstate shoulders.
Conditions vary on primary roads. Motorists may encounter bare pavement with isolated areas of slush, or large sections of packed-down snow and ice. Conditions will improve as temperatures rise throughout the day, allowing plows to remove a greater degree of snow and slush.
Salt is less effective at melting ice below 20 degrees. To combat packed-down snow and ice remaining on the road, VDOT is adding liquid calcium chloride to salt, and will be applying it on primary roads and secondary roads as needed. Liquid calcium chloride helps granular salt adhere to the pavement, making it more effective at melting ice.
VDOT crews will continue to spread sand in areas likely to freeze due to lower surface temperatures, such as hills, curves, intersections, and along ramps, bridges, and overpasses.
Before starting a trip, check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions by calling 511 or going to 511virginia.org.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end.
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).
Motorists are asked to park in driveways, or to park on the odd-numbered side of the street. This will help VDOT clear streets as completely as possible.
Driveway Clearing Tips
To make as many roads passable as quickly as possible, VDOT plow operators push snow off the roadway in smooth, continuous passes. It ends up along road shoulders, sometimes blocking driveways.
To avoid doing double work, wait until a plow has cleared your street before shoveling snow from the end of a driveway.
For motorists who must shovel the end of their driveway before a plow arrives, shovel it to the right of your driveway as you face the road.
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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