Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 6, 2015
CREWS WORKING TO REMOVE ICE, SNOW ON PRIMARY ROADS
Additional plowing expected to begin in subdivisions this afternoon
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FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists are encouraged to delay travel until later today if possible as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews work to break up and remove packed down ice and snow from primary roads in the Fredericksburg area and Northern Neck.
VDOT is using a mix of sand, salt and liquid calcium chloride to combat leftover snow that is frozen to the pavement. Liquid calcium chloride is used to assist with ice melt when temperatures are below 27 degrees.
Interstate 95 is open to traffic with clear travel lanes, but isolated icy and slick spots exist, especially in shaded areas. Crews continue to apply treatment chemicals to the interstate. Motor graders are being used to remove snow from interstate shoulders and bridges.
Primary roads are passable in the Fredericksburg area and Northern Neck, but many have patches of compacted snow and ice. Sunshine and treatment chemicals are helping to improve conditions. Crews are working now to remove plowed snow from turn lanes and crossovers on primary roads, and motorists should use additional caution as they approach these areas.
Subdivisions have received an initial pass on main roads from a snowplow. This afternoon, crews will return to subdivisions to start the process of plowing every street. VDOT’s goal is to have every road passable 48 hours after a storm’s end.
VDOT crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all state-maintained road are clear and safe for travel.
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:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.
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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