Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 17, 2015
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: CREWS CLEARING I-95, PRIMARY ROADS
If possible, motorists encouraged to delay nonessential travel until conditions improve
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are concentrating on plowing snow to reach bare pavement on Interstate 95, Route 1, Route 3, Route 17, Route 360, and other primary roads in the 14-county Fredericksburg District this morning.
Plow trains are working to clear I-95, and motor graders are breaking up ice and snow from the interstate’s shoulders. I-95 and primary roads are passable with caution, but significant snow is still covering travel lanes on secondary roads.
If possible, motorists are encouraged to delay nonessential travel today until road conditions improve. For real-time road conditions, check 511Virginia.org, call 511 Virginia, or download VDOT’s free mobile 511 app.
Districtwide, VDOT crews and contractor staff are operating nearly 900 pieces of equipment on state roads. Crews are applying sand to give motorists extra traction, and spreading salt to melt snow and ice. Liquid calcium chloride is being applied on the interstate and key primary roads, which is effective at melting ice when temperatures are between 20-27 degrees.
Subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads are in moderate to severe condition, and most remain completely snow-covered.
Once main roads are clear, VDOT anticipates starting to plow subdivision streets in mid-afternoon. VDOT’s goal is to have all state roads passable by Thursday morning, which is 48 hours after the end of this storm.
Crews will remain at work 24-hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are clear.
What Motorists Can Expect:
• Delay any nonessential travel today, if possible.
• Traffic signal timing may be affected by snow covering vehicle detectors. As crews are able to clear travel lanes, normal detection will be restored.
• For motorists who must travel, please avoid passing a snowplow.
• Facing the street, shovel snow from your driveway to the right. 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.
• Avoid shoveling snow from driveways and parking lots into state-maintained roads, where it could become a hazard for oncoming traffic.
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).
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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