Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Aug. 28, 2011
NORTHERN VIRGINIA STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES
Secondary road closures due to downed trees; 75 traffic signals without power
FAIRFAX ― Virginia Department of Transportation crews in northern Virginia continue to address damage from Hurricane Irene this morning, working closely with emergency responders and utility companies to remove debris and downed trees until all roads are clear.
While most flood waters have receded and interstates and primary roads are clear, downed trees on secondary roads continue to be reported, particularly in Fairfax County. Since many fallen trees contain power lines, drivers and residents are strongly advised to avoid contact with them. VDOT is working side-by-side with Dominion Virginia Power crews to ensure tangled lines are safely removed before clearing trees from the roads. Crews are also working to quickly clear any trees and limbs without power lines.
About 75 traffic signals in northern Virginia are without power, and VDOT technicians are resetting these signals as power is restored. Most of the outages are in the areas of Route 1, Lee Highway, Ox Road, Springfield/Backlick, Burke and McLean/Tysons. Drivers should treat these intersections as four-way stops and proceed with caution.
For a complete listing of road conditions by county, including major and secondary road closures, call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org and click on Road Conditions. Northern Virginia traffic information is also available on Twitter @511northernva.
To report debris and downed trees in roadways, road flooding or traffic signal outages, contact VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
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