Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will mobilize Wednesday morning, Feb. 17 to apply pre-treatment to Interstate 95 and other primary routes in the Fredericksburg area and Northern Neck with the potential of snow and ice.
Motorists should expect brief delays on major routes, including I-95, and are urged to stay alert for this slow-moving mobile operation starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Crews will begin spraying the salt brine on I-95 northbound at Exit 118/Thornburg in Spotsylvania County and travel north to Exit 150/Joplin Road in Prince William County. The trucks will then turn around at Exit 150 to pre-treat I-95 southbound to mile marker 101 in Caroline County.
Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt water solution onto the roadway with precision and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.
The brine helps prevent ice from bonding to the pavement during winter weather, which can reduce the risk of hazardous travel conditions and assists crews with snow and ice removal.
Pre-treatment does not guarantee that roads will not be slippery once precipitation arrives. Icy conditions are still possible.
VDOT will apply the brine to as many primary routes as possible tomorrow ahead of the winter weather.
VDOT Customer Service Center
If motorists encounter a downed tree or another hazard in the road, do not attempt to move it. VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov
Additional VDOT Information Sources
· Find VDOT Fredericksburg District news releases online on VDOT’s website, www.VirginiaDOT.org
, under “Newsroom.”
· Follow VDOT on Twitter @VaDOT and @VaDOTFRED