Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779

5 a.m. update

Jan. 27, 2011

Crews making headway on interstates and major commuter routes

FAIRFAX ― The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urges motorists to avoid travel in northern Virginia this morning so that road crews can make significant headway on clearing snow-covered and icy roadways.

At this time, traffic on I-95/395, I-495 and I-66 is moving, with narrowed lanes. Crews are working to clean up interstates and make paths on major roads where abandoned vehicles, downed power lines and trees have made efforts slow-going.

The I-95/395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes have been cleared and are open to HOV traffic northbound. Commuter routes are being plowed continuously, but many remain snow-covered, slushy and slippery.

Today crews and more than 2,200 trucks will concentrate on interstates, primary roads and subdivisions in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Snow totals range from five inches in Prince William County to 12 inches in Loudoun County. VDOT asks that if residents are planning to shovel their driveways, to shovel to the right and refrain from clearing the last few feet at the street as plows may push snow into back into the driveways.

VDOT urges those motorists who must travel to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling at or by calling 511.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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