|IMMEDIATE - 2 p.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Jan. 4, 2018
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: CREWS MAKING PROGRESS ON PRIMARY, SECONDARY ROADS
Road conditions are improving on primary and high-volume secondary roads, but drivers should continue to delay travel where roads remain snow-covered
FREDERICKSBURG – Road conditions are improving at midday on primary and high-volume secondary roads across the Fredericksburg District as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews concentrated this morning on plowing and treating routes carrying heavy traffic.
With a greater number of these roads now passable, crews and equipment are beginning to enter subdivisions and low-volume secondary streets in residential areas.
Around 500 trucks are deployed districtwide. Crews are applying sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction.
Road conditions vary across the 14-county district. Motorists are asked to continue delaying travel in areas where snow is partially or completely covering the road surface to allow crews to make additional progress opening up travel lanes this afternoon and evening.
In the Fredericksburg area, Interstate 95 is in minor condition in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties, with all travel lanes open and isolated areas of snow or slush.
Primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area are in minor to moderate condition, with bare pavement and open travel lanes, but patches of snow or slush remaining. Subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads are in moderate condition, and many are partially snow-covered as crews make progress entering residential areas this afternoon and evening.
Primary roads in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck are in moderate condition. These roads are passable but have travel lanes still partially covered by snow. Secondary roads are in severe condition along the eastern ends of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, which experienced the heaviest snowfall in the district, and many of these roads are snow-covered.
VDOT Online Snowplow Tracker
VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org is activated for locations where 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.
Users will see one of 3 status updates for their residential area: Not started (red), in progress (yellow), or plowed (green).
What Residents Should Know
- Drivers are asked to continue delaying travel if possible in areas where roads remain partially or completed snow-covered. Icy, hazardous conditions are likely overnight as any moisture will freeze in single-digit temperatures.
- For drivers who must travel, take several minutes before starting a trip to clean snow off your vehicle’s exterior. This will improve your ability to see the road ahead, and will reduce the chances of snow become a safety hazard for other motorists.
- Be alert for potential debris in the travel lanes. High winds may blow debris into the travel lanes, creating a potential safety hazard.
VDOT crews will continue to work in 24-hour emergency operations this evening and overnight into Friday. Crews will work 24 hours a day, in rotating 12-hour shifts, until all roads are passable and safe for travel.
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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