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Joan Morris 703-259-1799
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NR10-05

Jan. 29, 2010



VDOT PREPARES FOR SNOW IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Problem spots on interstates and major routes have been pre-treated

CHANTILLY – Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for a light snow forecasted for northern Virginia after midnight tonight. While much less accumulation is expected in this area than around the rest of the state, VDOT reminds drivers that freezing temperatures may still make roads slick.

Yesterday, crews pre-treated trouble spots on interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495—including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange, I-66 at Route 29 in Gainesville and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1—with liquid magnesium chloride. Other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, were pre-treated with salt brine.

By midnight tonight, more than 400 trucks will begin patrolling roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, monitoring conditions and treating areas with ice and snow accumulation. By 6 a.m. Saturday, VDOT will have 600 trucks treating roads throughout northern Virginia.

VDOT urges motorists to use caution during any winter weather, to be aware of potential icy spots such as hills and bridges, and to maintain at least five seconds behind trucks spreading chemicals.

For the latest road conditions, weather, incident information and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information on how VDOT prepares for snow, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

 



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