Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Most main roads clear; be careful on rural roads
Most main roads and Interstate 95 statewide and in the Fredericksburg region are clear of the slushy snow that fell Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Transportation said earlier this morning.
Still, many secondary roads and neighborhood streets have patches of snow and possibly icy patches.
“This morning drivers are still cautioned to be alert to roads that may have become icy as temperatures dropped overnight. Black ice is possible, especially near bridges, ramps and overpasses,” said VDOT spokesman Marshall Barnhill.
Crews are still out working on the roads, said Kelly Hannon with VDOT’s Fredericksburg office.
“VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end,” she said earlier this morning. “Interstate and primary roads are VDOT’s first priority for snow removal, followed by key secondary routes, and then subdivision streets.”
The late winter storm led to several thousand crashes statewide.
Troopers and dispatchers handled more than 3,100 calls by 9 pm. Wednesday, said Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police spokeswoman. By late Wednesday night, troopers had worked 659 crashes and responded to 571 disabled vehicles.
The storm also led to power outages, including the Ladysmith rest areas on northbound and southbound I-95 in Caroline County, which were both closed as of earlier this morning.
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