Delays expected as Fredericksburg VDOT begins salting I-95 Thursday ahead of weekend snow
Hundreds of drivers remain stuck on I-95 in Fredericksburg for hours due to the winter weather Tuesday morning, Jan 4, 2022. (7News)
The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin pre-treatment operations on I-95 and major routes in the 14-county Fredericksburg District Thursday ahead of the potential snow this weekend.
This is the same district and area of I-95 in which drivers were stranded overnight during an early January snowstorm.
"Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, drivers should expect daytime delays on I-95 southbound as crews spray a brine solution beginning at exit 150/Joplin Road in Prince William County then proceed to mile marker 101 in Caroline County," VDOT said. "Crews will then turn around at exit 98/Doswell in Hanover County and pre-treat travel lanes on I-95 northbound to exit 150."
Virginia State Police say they 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 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.
According to the StormWatch7 team, areas of snow will possibly start developing by the early afternoon west of DC. Snow will begin to overspread the DC metro area during the late afternoon into the evening as an area of low pressure develops off the east coast.
As the low intensifies, snow will become more likely along and east of I-95 into Friday night. Snow will likely continue into early Saturday morning, with the heaviest east of DC.
VDOT says while they will do what they can, motorists should stay off the roads during the storm and that travel is always hazardous when ice and snow are present on the road. Even on roads that have been pre-treated, conditions may quickly become slick once precipitation begins.
After 87 days of protest, 'People's Convoy' calls it quits in Hagerstown
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WBFF) — A group of truckers known as the People's Convoy who have been protesting COVID restrictions for the past three months decided to end their campaign Friday.
"The People’s Convoy declares victory and announces its conclusion of the national convoy portion of this great movement," the group said in a statement
. "It’s been 87 amazing days!"
The truckers have been intermittently protesting along highways in the Washington, D.C. area while staying at a Hagerstown raceway.
On Friday, the truckers were evicted from the raceway, causing a dispute between the rank-and-file members of the convoy and its leaders who were in a sequestered luxury RV.
There were reports of fighting, but the Maryland State Police, who were on the scene, said the dispute was largely peaceful. A live stream of the incident shows state troopers telling the truckers they need to leave the raceway because they haven't paid to stay there.
The truckers responded by saying they paid their leaders money to be able to stay. Group eventually dispersed without incident. There was some talk online about reconvening at the local Wal-Mart.
The People's Convoy was inspired by another trucker convoy protest held in Canada at the start of the year. However, the American version never matched the impact of the Canadian protests, which disrupted trade and shut down a portion of the Canadian capital of Ottawa.