Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 6, 2015
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: CONDITIONS IMPROVING ON I-95, PRIMARY ROADS
Motorists will find clear travel lanes with icy conditions on main roads, and snow-covered streets in subdivisions
FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists should use caution this morning in the 14-county Fredericksburg District, with low temperatures leading to icy surfaces on main roads, and snow covering large sections of subdivision streets and secondary roads.
Overnight, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews focused on clearing Interstate 95, primary roads and secondary roads carrying heavy traffic.
Interstate 95 is open in the Fredericksburg area with bare pavement in the travel lanes, however motorists are asked to use caution as icy conditions exist. Crews are working to remove plowed snow from the interstate shoulders using motor graders.
Primary roads are passable in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck, and western Middle Peninsula. Motorists will encounter bare pavement in the travel lanes, with isolated areas of snow and ice, with the potential for slick surfaces.
Salt is being applied to roads, but chemicals are less effective at melting snow and ice at temperatures below 20 degrees. Sand is being spread to provide additional traction for motorists, especially on ramps, bridges, and overpasses, and hills and curves.
On subdivision streets and secondary roads (routes numbered 600 and above) that carry light traffic, roads are partially or completely snow-covered this morning, with difficult driving conditions.
VDOT clears roads carrying the most traffic first. As conditions improve today on main roads, crews can work to plow and treat secondary roads.
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.
What Motorists Should Know:
• VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm’s end.
• Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency-response vehicles.
• Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into your driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.
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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