OSIG release findings on the I-95 snow shutdown

The Virginia Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) recently released a report on the Interstate 95 snow incident that shutdown a portion of the Instate January 3 and 4.

The report reads that the state did not learn from a similar incident that shutdown Interstate 81 near Bristol Virginia on December 8 and 9 in 2018.

Further investigation revealed that the state has no hazard specific plan for snowfall.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) does have general (All Hazard) emergency plans for natural disasters but no hazard specific snow response plan.

The report goes on to say that the Commonwealth did not effectively communicate to the public.

The lack of  communications was demonstrated by the amount of  traffic continuing to enter the Instate after the incident.

The report states that either the public did not receive the message or ignored it.

During the storm communications did not clearly indicate the seriousness of the situation.

The VDEM, Virginia Department of  Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia State Police(VSP) managements all generally concurred with the findings and plan to implement corrective actions.

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I-95 is back open but caution is still advised

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In an email from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) the announcement was made that all lanes are back open on Interstate 95 (I-95) near Fredericksburg.

All disabled vehicles have been removed but signal lights and interstate cameras are not working because of power outages caution is still advised.

Travelers including Senator Kaine were stuck on I-95 after a tractor trailer jackknifed causing a chain reaction that block both north and south bound lanes of the interstate.

Many vehicles were stranded in a 40 mile stretch of I-95 starting early Mon. Jan. 3 until late Tues. Jan 4.

The email from VDOT arrived at 8:37 p.m. Tues. Jan. 4 announcing the all clear after authorities were able to direct travelers to the nearest exits.

In that email only essential travel on I-95 is recommended because of the signal outages and slick spots.

Up to the minute road conditions are always available at 511virginia.org.

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