VDOT News - Fredericksburg
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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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Feb. 14, 2021
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: STORM CLEANUP UNDERWAY TO REMOVE TREES, REOPEN CLOSED ROADS
Stay alert for VDOT crews working along the roadside with utility partners and tree contractors to clear downed trees and restore power
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Several dozen state-maintained roads remain closed in Fredericksburg District at midday due to downed trees or utility lines, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue working to restore access in affected areas and to pick up debris from this weekend's ice storm.
Falling tree debris remains a travel hazard. Before starting a trip, motorists are advised to check 511Virginia for a real-time list of roads closed along their route. Road conditions may vary significantly across Virginia, with severe storm impacts in south-central parts of the state. Call 511, visit 511virginia.org, or download the free mobile 511Virginia app. Use the Text Views option to view a full list of closed roads by locality or district.
Roads are currently closed due to downed trees or utility lines in Caroline, Lancaster, King and Queen, King William, Northumberland and Richmond counties.
Motorists should plan to reduce speed and proceed with caution. Expect the unexpected, with potential debris in the road ahead. Although roads have been treated, isolated icy patches may exist, especially on roads carrying lighter traffic volumes, and on elevated structures, including bridges and ramps.
Traffic signals may be fully or partially out of service in some locations. If there are no traffic signal lights visible, motorists should treat the intersection as a four-way stop. If signal lights are flashing yellow, motorists should proceed through the intersection with caution. If signal lights are flashing red, treat the signal as a stop sign.
Stay alert for VDOT, utility and contractor crews working along the roadside to clear downed trees and restore power. Remember to move over and slow down for stopped vehicles with flashing, blinking or alternating blue, red or amber lights.
VDOT Customer Service Center
If motorists encounter a downed tree or another hazard in the road, do not attempt to move it. 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) or online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.
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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