Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
March 2, 2009
NORTHERN VIRGINIA ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE
Crews Moving into Subdivisions
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews anticipate that all travel lanes and shoulders on interstates 66, 95, 395 and 495 will be clear for the afternoon rush hour.
Snowplows are working in subdivisions with the goal of making one pass on all subdivision streets in time for the morning rush. Subdivision streets will not be completely clear of snow and ice but will be passable.
Hills, curves and other trouble spots in subdivisions will be sanded.
Commuter lots throughout Northern Virginia will be cleared in time for Tuesday morning’s rush.
Until all roads are clear, motorists are urged to keep their speeds down and be mindful of slick road conditions on lower volume roads and in subdivisions.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
- Before you begin your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
- Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Allow extra time to travel to your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots.
- If there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
- Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
- Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
- Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.
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