Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 14, 2015
VDOT PREPARED FOR EVENING SNOW, HIGH WINDS
Road conditions may change quickly tonight as snow falls and temperatures drop
FREDERICKSBURG – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will deploy tonight in the 14-county Fredericksburg District as below freezing temperatures and light snow may create slick, slushy or icy road conditions.
VDOT has more than 100 trucks ready to begin applying salt and sand to melt ice and provide additional traction for vehicle tires.
While snow accumulation is expected to be light in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck, and Middle Peninsula, low overnight temperatures could lead to icing on area roads.
Before starting a trip, motorists are advised to 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.
High winds are forecast for the Fredericksburg District tonight and tomorrow, bringing an increased risk of downed trees and tree limbs. VDOT coordinates with tree removal contractors and utility partners to quickly remove debris from the road. To report debris or a roadway hazard, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623). The Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports.
If motorists encounter a traffic signal without power, they should come to a complete stop, and then treat the intersection as a 4-way stop.
Motorists are encouraged to:
• Slow down and allow extra travel time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, ramps, curves and overpasses
• Keep a safe following 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
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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