VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Feb. 10, 2022
FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: ROAD PRE-TREATMENT BEGINS TOMORROW, WITH SNOW POSSIBLE EARLY MORNING SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Drivers should expect daytime delays on I-95 and other major routes in the Fredericksburg, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area for slow-moving equipment spraying brine solution onto the pavement
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – With the possibility of snow early morning on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 13, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin pre-treatment operations on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area and major routes in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area tomorrow, Feb. 11.
Starting at 9 a.m., drivers should expect delays on I-95 for most of Friday as crews spray a brine solution on the nearly 300 lane miles of I-95, ramps and overpasses in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline counties.
The brine trucks travel at slower speeds to spray the solution onto the road with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement. Travelers are urged to yield and not pass the mobile operation.
Virginia State Police will escort the slow-moving equipment on I-95 northbound and southbound to ensure trucks applying brine and crash-cushion vehicles can all travel together.
The pre-treatment operation will begin on I-95 southbound at exit 150/Joplin Road in Prince William County then proceed to mile marker 101 in Caroline County. Crews will then turn around at exit 98/Doswell in Hanover County and pre-treat travel lanes on I-95 northbound to exit 150.
Once I-95 is pretreated, brining will begin on primary roads in the Fredericksburg area, which are routes numbered 599 and below, and will continue on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Drivers may also experience delays on major routes in the Northern Neck and along the Middle Peninsula as workers will pre-treat primary roads on Friday ahead of the forecasted snow this weekend.
Pre-treatment helps to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement during winter weather, which can reduce the risk of dangerous travel conditions and assists crews with snow and ice removal.
Drivers should monitor local weather forecasts closely, and plan now to adjust travel during the weekend as needed. Motorists should stay off the roads during the storm, which may affect the Fredericksburg area overnight Saturday, Feb 12, into Sunday morning.
Travel is always hazardous when ice and snow are present on the road. Even with pre-treatment, road conditions may quickly become slick once precipitation begins.
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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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