VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 15, 2016
VDOT READY FOR WINTER WEATHER IN THE FREDERICKSBURG AREA
Crews will pre-treat Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg area on Friday, ahead of potential wintry mix this weekend
FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will apply anti-icing materials to Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg area on Friday, Dec. 16, ahead of a wintry mix forecast to affect the region Friday evening and Saturday.
I-95 and major travel routes will be treated with an anti-icing salt brine solution. Anti-icing helps to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which can reduce the risk of hazardous travel conditions.
Trucks applying salt brine to 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.
Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto the interstate with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.
Anti-icing will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow to avoid impacting the morning peak travel period.
Virginia State Police will accompany the anti-icing equipment to assist with traffic control.
Road conditions can change quickly. Before starting a trip this weekend, motorists are encouraged to check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions in their area.
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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