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Snow – It’s still here.

We’ve had many complaints today about city roads. Lots of folks who have driven in from the counties say roads are noticeably worse when they get to the city limits.

I called around City Hall today, and just about everyone there sounded exhausted. I got ahold of Jack Roberts, in the city shop, the base of the public works department’s efforts to clear roads.

He said this is just a lot more snow than crews are used to clearing. The city’s 11 plows have been on the streets as much as possible, but they’re encountering some obstacles. Roberts said cars have been parked in driving lanes in some neighborhoods, and on Sunday, a crew had to shut down efforts to clear roads in Central Park because there was too much traffic. (I have to admit, I haven’t been out there, but I have heard things are getting a little crazy over in Central Park.)

Roberts said crews were working 24/7 and would continue to do so over the next few days. He was hoping they could get things under control by Christmas, but he said freezing temperatures at night aren’t helping.

If you put your trash out today, just keep it out there, it should be picked up tomorrow. Here’s the rest of what the city has put out on how city services will run on Tuesday:

Fredericksburg, VA – The City of Fredericksburg is continuing cleanup efforts from the major winter storm that occurred Friday and Saturday (December 18-19).  Although City crews have been working hard since Friday evening first to keep up with the storm and now to clean up after, many areas of packed snow and ice remain.  The forecast again calls for below freezing temperatures overnight into Tuesday morning, and travelers are cautioned to watch for re-frozen areas as they travel Tuesday morning. 

              Here is an update for City delayed openings and closures, and schedule changes for Tuesday, December 22.

Ø       Refuse Collection Schedule: 

o      Those normally collected on Mondays will be collected on Tuesday, December 22. 

o      Those collected on Tuesdays will be collected on Wednesday, December 23. 

o      There will be no refuse collection on Thursday, December 24th or Friday, December 25th.

Ø       In order to protect worker safety, Public Works will not collect refuse from private property areas unless paths are completely clear.  In order to insure collection, refuse may be placed at the curb.

Ø       FREDerciskburg Regional Transit will not have VRE feeder service in the City and Spotsylvania on Tuesday, December 22Route D6 – in North Stafford – and Route S3 – in Spotsylvania are also cancelled.  Regular route service will start at 9:30 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. for City, Stafford, and Spotsylvania routes. 

Ø       City Offices will be open on a two-hour delay (10:15 a.m.) 

Ø       The Visitor Center will open at 9:00 a.m. – normal time.

Ø       Dorothy Hart Community Center will open on a two-hour delay.  Programs scheduled during the open hours will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Ø       Fredericksburg Social Services will be open on a two-hour delay.

Ø       Recycling Schedule: 

o      On Tuesday, December 22, recycling will be collected from both the normal Monday and the normal Tuesday routes. 

o      Wednesday, December 23 will be normal collection. 

o      On Thursday, December 24, both Thursday and Friday routes will be collected.

             

              Here are some safety reminders:

·       Please drive carefully, and allow lots of room for the snow plows to work.  Please do not try and pass snow plows.   

·       Take care when clearing driveways and sidewalks, and don’t overdo it.  When shoveling driveways, piling snow to the right of your driveway when facing the street will help prevent snow plows from re-depositing the snow across the entrance to your driveway as it passes by.

·       Please check to make sure your downspouts are not frozen or plugged from the snow.

·       The Fire Department appreciates any help citizens can give to shovel snow away from areas around fire hydrants. 

 

              Please call 911 for emergencies.  For non-emergencies, please use the Police Department non-emergency line of (540) 373-3122.  The Dominion Power Service Center is 1-888-667-3000.

 

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