Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779

Joan Morris 703-259-1799


Aug. 28, 2011

More than 80 traffic signals down due to power outages

FAIRFAX ― Motorists are advised to use caution this morning as more than 80 traffic signals in northern Virginia are without power due to the effects of Hurricane Irene. Most of the outages are in the areas of Route 1, Backlick Road and Springfield areas, Nutley Street and the McLean/Tysons areas and Burke in Fairfax County. Drivers should treat these intersections as four-way stops and proceed with caution.

Drivers are also advised that the ramp from eastbound I-66 to northbound I-495 remains closed due to flooding.

Crews have been working 12-hour shifts around the clock to remove debris and downed trees, assist emergency responders and work closely with utility companies during the storm and until all roads are clear. Many northern Virginia roads which were closed overnight due to high water or downed trees have been reopened.

VDOT will continue to monitor road conditions and report closures. For a complete listing of road conditions and closures by county, call 511 or visit Northern Virginia traffic information is also available on Twitter @511northernva.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is also open 24 hours a day to answer questions and asks residents to report road debris, downed trees or other road hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

Drivers are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions, and to use the following guidelines while driving this morning:

  • Avoid driving through standing or flowing water on the roadway.
  • Never drive around barricades.
  • Slow down—driving too fast through water could cause you to lose control and hydroplane.
  • Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may also contain power lines. Contact VDOT or your local power company.

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