Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Jan. 23, 2016
VDOT WORKING TO CLEAR I-95, MAIN ROADS IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Drivers asked to remain off roads on Saturday as snowfall, high wind continues
FREDERICKSBURG – Driving conditions remain hazardous today with snow covering large portions of Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg District.
Additional snow accumulation of 3-6 inches is expected today in the Fredericksburg area. Central areas of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula may receive an additional 2-4 inches of snow, with an inch of snow possible in eastern areas. High winds and blowing snow may also limit visibility.
“We are grateful to everyone who avoided travel on Friday to help our crews clear and treat the roads,” said Marcie Parker, VDOT Fredericksburg District Administrator. “We ask the public to remain at home again on Saturday for your safety and to provide as much room as possible for our trucks to safely maneuver.”
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are making repeated passes this afternoon on Interstate 95 and primary roads using plow trains to push snow off the road as quickly as it falls. Heavy, slow-moving equipment is plowing interstate shoulders to push back accumulated piles of snow as they are removed from the travel lanes.
Secondary streets in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck, and western areas of the Middle Peninsula are in moderate to severe condition with complete snow coverage.
With nearly 1,000 trucks mobilized today districtwide, VDOT crews remain at work in emergency operations 24 hours a day to clear roads and apply treatment materials.
What Residents Should Know:
• Please stay off the roads for the duration of the storm.
• Shovel snow to the right of your driveway as you face the road. Watch this video for directions.
• Crews focus their efforts on roads that carry the most traffic first. Today, crews are clearing Interstate 95, primary roads, and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic and connect with critical public safety and emergency services. As conditions permit, crews are performing initial passes on lower-volume secondary roads to remove the bulk of snow from an 8-10 ft. wide section of the road.
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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