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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 7, 2017
SNOW COVERING ROADS IN MIDDLE PENINSULA, NORTHERN NECK IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
VDOT crews circulating to plow snow, and apply sand and salt using around 750 pieces of equipment
FREDERICKSBURG – Snow has begun to fall across most of the Fredericksburg District, with snow covering the road in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Caroline County.
Drivers in affected areas are urged to stay off the roads, and plan to remain off the roads during the storm.
Conditions are expected to change quickly throughout the day as snow continues to fall. Motorists are advised to check 511virginia.org for real-time conditions in their area.
Residents in Essex, King and Queen, King William, Middlesex, Mathews and Gloucester counties will find several inches of snow has accumulated on roads, with high wind affecting visibility. Road are in moderate condition, with all lanes partially or fully covered in snow.
Snow has begun to cover large portions of the road surface in King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster counties. Roads are in minor condition currently, with patches of snow in the travel lanes.
Interstate 95 is in moderate condition in Caroline County, with the travel lanes partially or mostly snow-covered. Primary roads, secondary roads and subdivision streets also have travel lanes mostly covered in snow in Caroline County.
I-95 is currently in clear to minor condition in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, with bare pavement visible, although conditions can change quickly as the storm progresses.
Small areas of snow are covering the travel lanes on primary roads, secondary roads and subdivision streets in Stafford and Spotsylvania. Conditions will vary across this region, with greater snow coverage in the east and south.
VDOT Crews at Work
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked overnight to plow roads and apply sand and salt, and will continue working through the storm in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, until all roads are safe for travel.
Interstate 95, primary roads and secondary roads were pre-treated with an anti-icing solution, which prevents ice and snow from bonding to the pavement. However, even with advance treatment, road surfaces can still be slick or hazardous for travel during snowfall.
What Residents Should Know
Drivers should stay off the roads for the duration of the storm, and remain off snow-covered or icy roads.
VDOT crews are applying sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction. Once 2 inches of snow has accumulated on the road surface, crews begin plowing.
VDOT crews focus their efforts first on roads that carry the most traffic. I-95, primary roads, and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic and connect with critical public safety and emergency services are leading priorities for snow removal. Once conditions improve on these roads, crews focus next on subdivision streets and lower-volume secondary roads.
Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in the Fredericksburg District. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.
Due to the variable amount of snow expected to fall across the Fredericksburg District, equipment levels may vary. If fewer than 2 inches of snow has accumulated in a geographic area, and snow plowing is not underway in neighborhoods, then the snow plowing status will be based on primary roads.
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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