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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
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FRED-78923

Jan. 14, 2015



ICY ROAD CONDITIONS IN FREDERICKSBURG AREA, NORTHERN NECK, MIDDLE PENINSULA
Motorists should delay travel or use additional caution this morning, and check 511Virginia for real-time road conditions throughout the day

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists will find icy road conditions in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula this morning, with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falling across the region.

 

Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg are in minor condition, with isolated patches of ice. Motorists should use additional caution in areas where icy spots are more likely to develop, such as bridges, overpasses, and interstate ramps, and on subdivision streets and secondary roads carrying less traffic.

 

Road conditions on primary roads in the Northern Neck are in minor condition, with isolated areas of ice, but conditions on primary routes such as Route 14, Route 17, and Route 33 in the Middle Peninsula are in moderate condition, with widespread icy conditions.

 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are treating roads in the 14-county Fredericksburg District this morning with sand and salt. Sand provides additional traction for vehicles, and salt will assist with melting ice and snow. In the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, crews are devoting additional effort to treating bridges. Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts, until all roads are clear and safe for travel.

 

Road conditions can change quickly, and may be hazardous. Before starting a trip, motorists are urged to check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions in their area.

 

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’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

 

Winter Weather Travel Tips:

 

  • Clear snow and ice from your vehicle’s roof, hood and trunk and especially from the windows, mirrors and lights.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Leave a few minutes early.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Use extra caution on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.
  • Stay alert for slick spots on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which are more likely to freeze first due to lower pavement temperatures.
  • VDOT crews will focus first on treating and clearing roads carrying the most traffic, such as interstates, primary roads, and key secondary roads.

 

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Road condition definitions:

Severe – drifting snow 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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