Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Winter Storm Leaves Drivers Stranded on I-95, Highway Remains Closed as VDOT Works to Reopen

VDOT is working to clear I-95 in Virginia, where hundreds of drivers are stranded. (File photo)

STATEWIDE — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is in emergency operations as it works to clear ice and snow from major routes in the Fredericksburg area, including Interstate 95 (I-95).

Hundreds of travelers have been stuck on I-95 in Virginia since Monday following a heavy snowstorm.

Sen. Tim Kaine, who is among the travelers stuck on I-95, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he has been on the road for 27 hours.

In a Jan. 4 release at 3:20 p.m., VDOT said that crews have made “substantial progress” since Tuesday morning directing motorists stopped on I-95 to the nearest possible interchange, and allowing them to use alternate routes.

I-95 remains closed northbound from Exit 104 (Carmel Church) in Caroline County through Exit 148 (Quantico Marine Corps Base) at the Stafford/Prince William line and I-95 southbound from Exit 152 (Dumfries) in Prince William County through Exit 136 (Route 17) in Stafford.

VDOT said that crews have cleared most traffic on I-95 southbound from exit 150 to exit 133, and are actively clearing traffic on I-95 northbound from exit 104 through exit 118 at multiple interchanges, and have cleared traffic from exit 118 (Thornburg) to exit 126 (Spotsylvania).

Once the whole interstate is clear, multiple plow trucks and motorgraders will make a sweep of the entire northbound and segment sections to ensure lanes are safe for travel before reopening. 

VDOT will update the public once I-95 is reopened for travel.

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