Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Jan. 8, 2017
DRIVERS URGED TO USE CAUTION FOR MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE
I-95, primary roads are clear but icy patches may exist on secondary roads and subdivisions
FREDERICKSBURG – Travel lanes on Interstate 95 and primary roads are clear but motorists are encouraged to use additional caution overnight and tomorrow morning while driving in the Fredericksburg area.
Any moisture remaining on the road from melted snow or ice is expected to freeze again tonight. Slick road conditions are possible, especially in neighborhoods and secondary routes.
Motorists traveling overnight and tomorrow morning are advised to allow extra travel time, reduce their speed, and increase their ollowing distance between vehicles.
Even on bare pavement, black ice may be present. Residents are encouraged to consider if their driveway or sidewalk is too icy or slick for walking, road conditions may also be slippery.
Crews worked 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to remove snow, apply sand and salt to I-95 and primary roads in all 14 counties of the Fredericksburg District. Today, crews were able to focus on treating secondary roads and subdivision streets with sand and salt to give drivers traction and reduce icing.
Many of the major roads in the Fredericksburg area are clear, secondary and subdivision streets are in minor condition with isolated areas of snow, ice or slush.
While substantial progress was made in the Fredericksburg area, crews in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula worked aggressively to remove more than 10 inches of snow from the roadways. Many of the primary roads are in minor condition with areas of snow, ice or slush on portions of the road.
The majority of the secondary roads are in moderate to severe condition in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck areas with snow or ice on major portions of the road. Roads with lower traffic volume and shaded spots may be especially slick.
Slick conditions may be more likely on bridges, overpasses, and ramps, which freeze first due to lower surface temperatures. Extreme caution should be used on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets, and on hills and curves.
Crews will continue to patrol roads overnight and apply treatment materials as needed with reports of icy patches.
What Residents Should Know
- If driveways or sidewalks are too icy or slick for walking, road conditions may also be slippery. Controlling cars on icy roads is extremely difficult.
- As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as snowplows, slow down and allow operators the right of way.
- Shoveling a driveway? While facing the street, shovel to the right. This will reduce the amount of snow plowed back into driveways.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-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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