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Clearing secondary roads and subdivision streets is the focus of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the Fredericksburg District (which includes Caroline County) today, as sun and daytime temperatures may assist crews with ice melt and snow removal.
VDOT crews have treated secondary roads and subdivision streets and removed as much snow as possible. Many low-volume routes still have a layer of ice and snow bonded to the pavement, covering a large portion of the roadway. Crews have added sand to give motorists improved traction, especially at hills, curves, and intersections.
Below 20 degrees, salt and other chemicals are less effective at melting snow and ice. When temperatures rise above 20 degrees, VDOT can apply the appropriate chemicals, and plows will have greater success at clearing away the remaining packed layer of snow and ice.
Mobile pothole repairs are also underway today on several primary roads, including Interstate 95 and Route 610 in Stafford County. Potholes are more likely to form after a winter storm, as moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes and thaws, damaging the pavement.
Potholes can be reported to VDOT’s Customer Service Center 24 hours a day at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). The Customer Service Center can answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards.
Interstate 95 is clear and VDOT commuter lots were cleared in advance of this morning’s rush hour. Primary roads throughout the Fredericksburg District are in clear to minor condition, with secondary routes ranging from minor to moderate.
Motorists can find real-time road conditions in their area using 511Virginia. Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find road conditions in any area of the state.