FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Interstate 95 travelers can expect brief overnight delays in the Fredericksburg area from a mobile Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) operation to pre-treat I-95 and interstate ramps in advance of possible winter weather later this week.
Tonight, pre-treatment of I-95 in the Fredericksburg area will begin at 8 p.m. Work will conclude ahead of the morning rush hour travel period on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Tanker trucks pre-treating I-95 travel together at approximately 35 mph. The mobile operation is escorted by a law enforcement vehicle. Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto the interstate with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.
Roads are expected to remain dry prior to the onset of potential winter weather, allowing VDOT to pre-treat major travel routes.
Pre-treatment prevents ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which reduces the risk of hazardous travel conditions.
Travelers are asked to keep a close eye on news and weather reports this week for possible changes in road conditions.
VDOT is monitoring weather reports, and staff will be staging equipment and treatment materials for quick deployment in the event winter weather affects road conditions.