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Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
March 14, 2017
DRIVERS URGED TO USE CAUTION WITH POSSIBLE RE-FREEZE TONIGHT INTO TOMORROW MORNING
Wet pavement will freeze overnight, creating potential for black ice to form on Fredericksburg area roads
FREDERICKSBURG – While Interstate 95 and primary roads are now clear in the Fredericksburg area, motorists are urged to use extreme caution if traveling tonight and tomorrow morning as low overnight temperatures may cause icy road conditions.
Wet pavement from melted snow and ice is likely to freeze overnight. Motorists may encounter black ice, which is a thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that forms on the road surface.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to work 24 hours a day in emergency operations, with around 400 trucks treating 2,250 lane miles of Fredericksburg area roads with sand and salt. Even with treatment, road conditions may still be slippery. Drivers should use additional caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which freeze first due to lower surface temperatures.
Motorists should stay alert for debris caused by high winds. Tree crews were deployed across the Fredericksburg region today to re-open roads blocked by downed trees and tree limbs. Motorists can report road hazards and debris to VDOT’s Customer Service Center 24 hours a day at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
What Residents Should Know
- If your sidewalk or driveway is slick, it’s a good indicator that the roads are too, and driving is not advised.
- If you must travel tonight or tomorrow morning, allow additional time to reach your destination.
- Clear your vehicle of snow and ice, especially on windows, mirrors and lights.
- Take it slow, and leave ample room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
- Avoid sudden stops and starts.
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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