VDOT expects rapid refreeze on the roads

by | Jan 16, 2024 | Traffic

VDOT is warning travelers to the risk of hazardous road conditions in the Fredericksburg, Northern Neck and Saluda areas overnight and Wednesday morning.

Darrah Frye says while Interstate 95 and most primary roads in the 14-county Fredericksburg District are clear of snow, any moisture remaining on the roadways will refreeze with temperatures forecasted to drop below freezing shortly after sunset.

“Crews will patrol overnight to apply sand and salt to improve traction for vehicle tires,” Frye said.

She said drivers should avoid travel until temperatures rise with daylight on Wednesday even with treatment on many of the area roads.

“Hazardous road conditions may be present on roads carrying less traffic, low-lying areas, hills, curves, bridges and overpasses since these areas tend to freeze first,” Frye said.

She says VDOT crews and contractors made progress throughout the day to remove snow and slush on major routes before moving to low-volume secondary roads and subdivision streets. Workers focus on removing accumulated snow from the travel lanes first then return to clear snow from the road shoulders and intersections.

VDOT says if you must drive, please check 511Virginia.org for your entire route since road and weather conditions will vary depending on your destination.


Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected or visit 511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Customer Service Center

For questions or to report hazardous road conditions, contact VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov or calling 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

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