Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Jan. 22, 2016
VDOT Ready to Respond to Winter Storm in Fredericksburg District
Nearly 1,000 pieces of equipment are loaded and staged for quick rollout when snow arrives
FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began operating in 24-hour status early this morning in the 14-county Fredericksburg District, and employees will continue to work in 12-hour rotating shifts until all roads are clear.
VDOT has nearly 1,000 pieces of equipment loaded and staged for quick rollout today across roads in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Crews will use around 100 of these trucks to plow and treat Interstate 95 and interstate ramps, overpasses and bridges.
Road treatment materials are fully stocked districtwide, with more than 20,000 tons of salt and 37,000 tons of sand available.
On Wednesday and Thursday, crews treated I-95, primary and major secondary roads across the district with an anti-icing solution.
What Residents Should Know:
• Plan to stay off the roads when the storm arrives. High winds may hamper motorist visibility, and driving conditions will be extremely hazardous. VDOT is preparing for as much as 24 inches of snow accumulation in portions of the Fredericksburg area, with accumulations ranging from 10-16 inches in the central area of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and accumulations of 6-9 inches in the southeastern areas.
• When the storm arrives, crews will work to clear interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with essential emergency and public facilities. Once these roads are clear, crews can start to clear secondary roads and subdivision streets. Crews focus their efforts first on roads that carry the most traffic.
• VDOT’s goal is to make roads passable 48 hours after the conclusion of a winter storm. Our crews will work around the clock until conditions are safe for travel.
Motorists can find real-time information about road conditions in their area 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 is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
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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