VDOT Continues Focus on Subdivision Streets Wednesday

by | Jan 27, 2016 | Traffic

By Kelly Hannon, Virginia Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews made substantial progress providing a path for residents to exit their neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, and remained at work overnight to push toward reaching remaining roads.

Residents in Fredericksburg District subdivisions are projected to have at least one passable lane on their street by midday Wednesday.

Passable is defined as a path wide enough to allow an average, two-wheel-drive passenger vehicle to proceed with caution. The bulk of snow will have been removed from the vehicle’s path, but the road may not have bare pavement, and could remain rutted with lingering packed snow and ice.

If residents do not have a passable secondary road by midday Wednesday, they are encouraged to report their state-maintained street to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or [email protected].

VDOT appreciates the public’s patience and understanding as the extensive cleanup work continues. As needed based on temperatures, crews are treating interstates and primary roads overnight for re-freezing. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling overnight and tomorrow morning as melted snow could cause ponding.

Snow removal will continue 24 hours a day until all state-maintained roads are passable.

What Residents Should Know
· All cul-de-sacs and roads will be cleared. Crews will work 24 hours a day until every state-maintained road has been visited by equipment to create a passable path. We are steadily working toward reaching all neighborhoods and subdivisions.

· In subdivisions, crews focus on the most heavily traveled roads first. Cul-de-sacs are usually plowed last.

· Please be aware that plows will block driveways with snow. With major storms, this is an unintended consequence of making the roads passable. VDOT is sorry for this inconvenience, but to make as many roads passable as quickly as possible, there is no way to avoid it. VDOT is not removing snow from driveways.

· If residents have a serious emergency (i.e. medical or fire), they should call 9-1-1 and VDOT will coordinate with emergency responders to get them the help they need.

· Drivers should be alert for pedestrians walking in roads, especially in more urban areas where most sidewalks are blocked with deep piles of snow. VDOT is not responsible for snow removal on sidewalks.

Before starting a trip, motorists can find real-time information about road conditions in their region of Virginia at 511Virginia. Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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