Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jan. 27, 2009
WINTRY MIX CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS
VDOT Urges Motorists to Avoid Travel
FAIRFAX, VA. – 9:30 p.m. Freezing rain and sleet are creating hazardous conditions across Northern Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to use extreme caution if they must travel. Motorists are reminded that even when roads are treated, ice and freezing rain can produce hazardous driving conditions. Drivers must use extreme caution on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
Pavement temperatures have dipped to a low of 24 degrees in some locations causing any accumulation to freeze. Road crews are working through the night to re-treat bridges, ramps and the travel lanes of interstates and other high volume roads. Approximately 1,075 trucks are treating roads with a salt and sand mixture.
Motorists can call 511 or log onto www.511Virginia.org for the latest traffic and travel conditions.
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