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City: Subdivisions cleared today, downtown streets cleared tonight
Below is the snow response update city officials posted on Fredericksburg’s Web site at 8 p.m. yesterday. Note that Caroline and Princess Anne streets will close to parking between 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The Free Lance-Star’s Laura Moyer and Pete Cihelka were out and about yesterday, see their report here. If you’re wondering where your paper is, please see the note on our homepage about today’s delivery, which started at 10 a.m.
Don’t forget to check our closings page for more information as the day progresses.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Snow Removal Operations Update
The City of Fredericksburg is continuing snow removal operations that have been ongoing since it began snowing earlier today. The focus of operations has recently shifted from arterial streets to collector and neighborhood streets. Temperatures are currently too low for chemicals (salt) to be effective. The most recent estimate is total snow accumulation in the City is 10.5”.
Public Works plowing operations will continue throughout the night and into Sunday.
The City is supplementing its operations through the use of contractors’ equipment and personnel. A contractor will initiate operations at 10:00 PM clearing streets with cul-de-sacs. Another contractor will begin operations early Sunday morning and has been assigned to clear residential streets from the downtown north to Route 1.
A “load and haul” operation will begin in the downtown commercial district at 5:00 PM on Sunday. Caroline Street and Princess Anne Street will be cleared between Lafayette Boulevard and Amelia Street, as will William Street between Prince Edward Street and Sophia Street. Parking will be prohibited on these blocks of these streets from 5:00 PM Sunday until 9:00 AM Monday.
Most streets in the City are currently passable for experienced drivers using due care and operating vehicles of the type that do well in snow. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destination and to watch for pedestrians walking in the street.
Another update will be issued no later than noon Sunday.