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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Tina.Bundy@VDOT.virginia.gov

FRED-80368

Feb. 26, 2015



VDOT CREWS MAKE PROGRESS CLEARING, TREATING PRIMARY ROADS
Crews moving into subdivisions, secondary roads in Northern Neck and Fredericksburg area

FREDERICKSBURG – Snowfall is slowing or stopping across the 14-county Fredericksburg District, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are making progress clearing roads in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and the Fredericksburg area.

Road conditions vary greatly across the District depending on the amount of snow accumulation. To check real-time road conditions in a specific area of Virginia, motorists can visit 511Virginia.org, call 511, or download VDOT’s free mobile 511 app.

Middle Peninsula

Motorists are advised to postpone unnecessary travel if possible in the Middle Peninsula, where main roads in Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties are mostly snow-covered. This afternoon, crews will continue to focus on plowing and applying sand and salt to primary roads such as Route 3, Route 14, Route 17, Route 198, and key secondary roads.

Additional equipment from the Fredericksburg area is being sent to the Middle Peninsula to assist with snow removal.

Fredericksburg Area

Interstate 95 is clear, with bare pavement visible in all travel lanes. Motorists are advised to use caution and stay alert for isolated areas of slush and snow, and on interstate bridges, ramps and overpasses.

Primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area are clear. Crews are beginning to concentrate on subdivisions this afternoon to plow and apply sand as needed.  

Northern Neck

Primary roads have improved to clear to minor condition, with mostly bare pavement and small amounts of snow and slush. Crews are treating and plowing secondary roads.

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).

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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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