VDOT officials plan to have ALL roads clear before Friday morning

The goal of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end, VDOT reported Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Caroline County public schools are closed on Wednesday.

Roads carrying the heaviest amount of traffic are cleared first, such as interstates, primary roads, and key secondary roads that connect employment centers and public safety facilities. Once these roads are clear, VDOT will focus on subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads.

Overnight snowfall has created hazardous conditions for morning commuters in the 14-county Fredericksburg District.  The following conditions will impact morning commuters.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution especially on bridges, overpasses, ramps and secondary routes.

Early on Jan. 29, road conditions for the Fredericksburg Area (Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline) were like this:

Interstate 95,  Primary and High Volume Secondary Routes – motorists will encounter patches of ice and snow.

Secondary Routes and Subdivision Streets – motorists will encounter snow covered roads.

Commuter Parking Lots – crews are working to clear in time for the morning commute.

Between  3 p.m., Jan. 28 and 9 a.m. Jan. 29, Virginia State Police Troopers in Division I Richmond responded to 336 calls for service.  Of those calls for service, troopers responded to 117 motor vehicle crashes, mostly involving property damage and 93 disabled vehicles.  Most of the crashes have occurred in the Richmond Metro-Tri Cities area. The figures are for the Richmond Division only of the Virginia State Police which covers the following jurisdictions (Cities:  Richmond and Petersburg; Counties: Amelia, Caroline, Chesterfield, Charles City, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, New Kent, Nottoway, Northumberland, Powhatan, Richmond, Westmoreland, Prince George, and King George.

Statewide from noon Jan 28 through 7:30 a.m. Jan. 29, troopers responded to 474 vehicle crashes.

Road conditions early on Jan. 29 for Northern Neck Area (King George, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Richmond and Lancaster):

Primary and Secondary Routes – a major portion of these roads are snow covered. Motorists are urged to delay travel if possible. If travel is necessary use extreme caution.

Road conditions for Middle Peninsula Area (Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex):

Primary and Secondary Routes – a major portion of these roads are snow covered. Motorists are urged to delay travel if possible. If travel is necessary use extreme caution.

Secondary Routes – a significant amount of snow or ice is covering the roadway, and some roads may be partially blocked or affected by drifting snow. Motorists are urged to delay travel if possible. If travel is necessary use extreme caution.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to plow snow and apply treatment materials in all areas. Crews will continue to work until the conditions improve.

Approximately 500 pieces of state and hired equipment are operating in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, and Fredericksburg area.

For real time road conditions in your area or anywhere in Virginia call 511Virginia or visit www.511Virginia.org,

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is fully staffed to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards.  Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) 24 hours a day.

Winter Driving Tips:

– If you must travel, know the conditions before you go! Check www.511virginia.org or call 511.
– Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
– Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
– Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
– Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
– Allow extra time for travel.
– When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
– Drive smart and pay attention.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm