Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


Feb. 15, 2015

Preparations underway for Monday's forecasted snow

FREDERICKSBURG – With a winter storm forecast to affect the entire Fredericksburg District beginning Monday afternoon, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are pre-treating main roads today in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Trucks will apply a salt brine anti-icing solution to Interstate 95 and other primary roads, including Route 1, Route 2, Route 3, Route 17, Route 208 and Route 360. Secondary roads that carry heavy traffic will also be pre-treated.

Motorists may encounter brief delays on northbound and southbound I-95 and interstate ramps on Sunday while pre-treatment is underway.

Trucks pre-treating the interstate travel together at approximately 35 mph. One truck travels in each of I-95’s three general purpose lanes, forming a straight line across the interstate. The trucks are followed by a law enforcement vehicle, which absorbs much of the excess salt emitted by the application process.

Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto the pavement with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.

Anti-icing prevents ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which reduces the risk of hazardous travel conditions.

VDOT is monitoring the weather forecast, and is preparing staff, equipment and treatment materials today for rapid deployment tomorrow.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor news and weather reports for the latest forecast information. Before starting a trip, motorists can call 511, visit, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.


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.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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