VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Jan. 25, 2016
CLEANUP CONTINUES ON SECONDARY ROADS, IN SUBDIVISIONS
Crews are working 24 hours a day using 1,000 pieces of equipment to clear 4,615 miles of secondary roads in Fredericksburg District
FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation appreciates the public’s patience as crews continue working 24 hours a day to clear secondary roads and subdivision streets across the Fredericksburg District.
Snow removal will continue 24 hours a day until all state-maintained roads are clear. Across the district, crews are using 1,000 trucks and pieces of equipment to make neighborhoods and subdivisions passable over 4,615 miles of secondary routes.
As needed, heavy equipment such as tractors and motor graders are being used prior to plows entering to break up walls of ice-packed snow that are blocking street entrances.
Along the Northern Neck, and in Essex, King and Queen and King William counties on the Middle Peninsula, heavy equipment is also being used to remove deep snow drifts to open secondary roads. Additional resources are shifting to this area tonight and tomorrow.
The amount of cleanup required is extensive due to the volume of snow that has to be removed, especially in the Fredericksburg area, which received approximately 14-18 inches of snow.
What Residents Should Know
• All cul-de-sacs and roads will be cleared. Crews will work 24 hours a day until every state-maintained road has been visited by a snowplow. We are steadily working toward reaching all neighborhoods and subdivisions.
• In subdivisions, crews focus on the most heavily traveled roads first. Cul-de-sacs are usually plowed last.
• Please be aware that plows will block driveways with snow. With major storms, this is an unintended consequence of making the roads passable. VDOT is sorry for this inconvenience, but to make as many roads passable as quickly as possible, there is no way to avoid it. VDOT is not removing snow from driveways.
• If residents have a serious emergency (i.e. medical or fire), they should call 9-1-1 and VDOT will coordinate with emergency responders to get them the help they need.
• Drivers should be alert for pedestrians walking in roads, especially in more urban areas where most sidewalks are blocked with deep piles of snow. VDOT is not responsible for snow removal on sidewalks.
Before starting a trip, motorists can find real-time information about road conditions in their region of Virginia at 511Virginia.
Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) is experiencing extraordinarily high call volumes and you may not be able to get through to a customer service representative. We are continuing to work to resolve technical difficulties we are experiencing due to high call volumes.
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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