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April 5, 2022



STORM DEBRIS CLEANUP CONTINUES IN FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT
Crews continue debris pickup seven days a week to gather an estimated 1.2 million cubic yards of material from state-maintained roads in areas affected by Jan. 3 winter storm

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in Fredericksburg District continue working seven days a week to collect roadside debris from the state right-of-way following the Jan. 3 winter storm.

The total amount of debris to gather along Fredericksburg District routes is now estimated at 1.2 million cubic yards, which is an increase from earlier post-storm estimates.

Twenty crews are working daily to gather downed trees and debris from road shoulders and medians. Crews have collected more than 655,300 cubic yards of material, representing an estimated 54 percent of storm debris along state-maintained roads in Fredericksburg District. Around 17,000 cubic yards of debris is being picked up by crews daily.

Debris has been identified along more than 700 secondary roads in Caroline, King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland counties.

Similar to snow removal, crews are gathering debris along roads that carry the most traffic first. Debris removal is nearly complete along Interstate 95, with an estimated 2-3 weeks of additional pickup remaining.

Following cleanup on I-95 and other primary routes, additional crews can gather debris along secondary roads, which are routes numbered 600 and above.

Debris removal will continue through spring 2022, and is anticipated to be complete in June 2022.

"We know residents and travelers are eager to have roadside debris removed from routes in their communities, and our crews are working urgently to make progress each day to pick up debris, mile by mile," said Joyce McGowan, VDOT Assistant District Administrator for Maintenance, Fredericksburg District. "We will not stop until we have reached every state-maintained road to gather storm debris. We appreciate the region's patience as we steadily work toward reaching all of our affected routes."

Motorists should be alert to mobile work zones in the affected counties, with lane closures as needed. Crews are using heavy, slow-moving construction equipment to gather debris along road shoulders and medians.

During and immediately after the Jan. 3 winter storm, crews removed downed trees and debris from travel lanes to reopen roads as quickly as possible. Crews frequently cut large tree limbs into moveable pieces, and pushed them onto shoulders and along the state right-of-way to provide space for snowplows and trucks applying treatment materials.

Report a Road Hazard

Motorists can report a hazard located in a state-maintained road, such as debris blocking a road or a travel lane, by calling VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or online at my.vdot.virginia.gov.

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