VDOT News - Fredericksburg

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Feb. 1, 2021



FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: BE ALERT FOR ICY ROAD CONDITIONS
Motorists are encouraged to delay unnecessary travel, if possible; VDOT crews are treating roads with sand and salt to reduce icing

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Snow has been cleared from major travel routes across the Fredericksburg District, but motorists are asked to delay unnecessary trips this morning if possible due to isolated patches of ice and slick road surfaces.

Interstate 95, primary and secondary roads are in minor condition this morning. Travel lanes are open, but hazardous conditions may exist due to a combination of wet pavement, a mix of rain and freezing rain falling, and temperatures around the freezing point of 32 degrees.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are treating roads with sand and salt to reduce icing and improve motorist traction. Crews remained mobilized overnight and will continue to work around the clock until all state-maintained roads are safe for travel.

Even with treatment, icy patches may be present on roads. Icing often occurs first on bridges, overpasses and ramps, on secondary routes carrying less traffic, and on hills and curves.

Motorists who must travel should allow extra travel time and proceed with caution. Plan to reduce vehicle speed as appropriate for road conditions, and increase following distance between vehicles to add reaction time. Use vehicle headlights for a clear view of the road ahead and to make your vehicle more visible to other travelers.

Additional Winter Storm Information

Check road conditions before starting a trip: Call 511, visit www.511virginia.org or download the free 511Virginia mobile app to see real-time road conditions around the state, and view traffic cameras.

Clean snow and ice from your vehicle before starting a trip. This will improve your visibility of the road ahead, and it will prevent snow and ice from becoming a flying debris hazard for other travelers.

Give VDOT crews space to work. Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind trucks and other equipment that are plowing or treating the road. Do not pass a snowplow or spreader.

Remember to move over and slow down for stopped vehicles with flashing, blinking or alternating blue, red or amber lights.

Road Condition Definitions

During winter storms, road conditions are present on 511Virginia using three ratings: minor, moderate and severe. These terms are defined as the following:

Minor: Potential for patches of ice and snow on roadway; Passable with caution.

Moderate: Snow or ice is covering major portions of the roadway; Passable with caution.

Severe: A significant accumulation of snow or ice is blocking the roadway; Conditions are hazardous.

VDOT Customer Service Center

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or contact us online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Social Media

Follow VDOT on Twitter at @VaDOT and VDOT Fredericksburg District at @VaDOTFRED.

On Facebook, visit VDOT’s statewide page or join the VDOT Fredericksburg District group.

Merry Point and Sunnybank Ferries

The Sunnybank Ferry in the Northern Neck will resume service on its normal schedule Monday. The Merry Point Ferry does not operate on Monday. For real-time updates on ferry service this week, check 511Virginia.

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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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