VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


Jan. 24, 2016

Sand, salt will be applied overnight to treat roads for freezing risk

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists will find open travel lanes and bare pavement on Interstate 95 and most primary roads across the 14-county Fredericksburg District this evening.

However, any moisture on the road is expected to freeze tonight as temperatures drop. Crews will be applying sand, salt and treatment materials to melt ice and to improve traction for vehicle tires. Motorists should use caution as conditions may be especially slick on bridges, overpasses and ramps, which freeze first, and roads with lower traffic volumes and shaded spots.

With conditions significantly improved on main roads, additional personnel and equipment will be shifting to work in subdivisions and on secondary routes on Monday and Tuesday.

Residents are asked to remain patient while crews work aggressively to clear subdivision and secondary streets. Crews are making initial passes into subdivisions and secondary routes with plows to remove the bulk of snow from a neighborhood’s main road or roads to provide a path out. Additional clearing will continue over the next several days. All state-maintained roads will be cleared and visited by a plow, and crews will continue to work 24 hours a day until all roads are safe for travel.

Slow-moving equipment and mobile lane closures will be in place tonight on primary roads. Crews will be hauling away snow piles from shoulders and intersections that have accumulated due to plowing operations.

What Residents Should Know

• If possible, please park in a driveway, and do not park in intersections. This will assist plow drivers as they seek to remove as much snow as possible.
• If residents have a serious emergency (i.e. medical or fire), they should call 9-1-1. VDOT works in coordination with emergency responders to get them the help they need.
• Shoveling a driveway? Facing the street, shovel snow out of your driveway to the right.


Before starting a trip, motorists can find real-time information about road conditions 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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