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VDOT: Roads improving, but be patient
Here’s the latest road conditions report from VDOT:
POTENTIAL FOR ICY ROADS TONIGHT, TOMORROW MORNING
VDOT crews will continue to plow and treat roads overnight, but motorists should proceed with caution as any moisture may re-freeze
FREDERICKSBURG – With temperatures expected to drop below 10 degrees overnight, icy road conditions may develop throughout the Fredericksburg District as melting snow and moisture freezes.
Motorists planning to travel overnight or early Thursday should allow extra travel time and proceed with caution due to potentially hazardous road conditions. Before starting a trip, check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions. Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.
VDOT crews with nearly 600 pieces of equipment will remain at work overnight. With a growing number of primary roads clear, crews are planning to make significant progress this evening plowing and treating secondary roads and subdivision streets.
VDOT crews are applying sand to roadways to provide additional traction for motorists, especially in areas prone to icing, such as hills, curves, and intersections, as well as bridges, overpasses and ramps.
Road conditions are improving across the 14-county Fredericksburg District this afternoon. Motorists will find clear pavement on Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg area.
Along the Northern Neck, primary roads are in clear to minor condition, with bare pavement and isolated areas of ice and snow. Primary roads in the Middle Peninsula are in moderate condition, with portions of the roadway covered in snow.
A complete list of real-time road conditions, grouped by locality, can be found at 511Virginia.org: http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions
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 (800-367-7623).
Road Condition Definitions
Clear: No conditions.
Minor: Bare pavement, except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.
Moderate: Snow or ice is covering major portions of the roadway.
Severe: Significant amount of snow or ice is covering the roadway, and roadway may be partially blocked or affected by drifting snow.