Report finds failures in response to January Interstate 95 snowstorm
A new audit of the state’s response to the January snowstorm that stranded hundreds of vehicles on Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg found numerous failures.
The report from the State Inspector General’s office was released Friday afternoon.
Among the problems—poor communication with the public, failure to have enough plow operators on contract, and a lack of state-level planning for major snowstorm emergencies. Auditors conceded that changing weather conditions, powers outages and lack of awareness by some drivers contributed to the problems.
Investigators say transportation and emergency planners should have implemented recommendations made after a similar incident on Interstate 81 in 2018.
The new report includes nearly 20 recommendations, most of which are aimed at improved planning. The Department of Emergency Management, Department of Transportation, and State Police have already set deadlines and plans to address the recommendations.