Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Jan. 11, 2011

Drivers asked to be alert to changing conditions during p.m. rush

FAIRFAX ― Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for the winter storm expected to impact this afternoon’s rush hour. With snow forecasted to be fully underway by 4 p.m., VDOT asks drivers to plan additional time to slow down and increase driving distances during the evening commute.

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 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 noon today, more than 1400 trucks will be ready to clear northern Virginia roads once snow hits the pavement. Salt trucks will be pre-positioned along interstates and major roads throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties for quick response during the p.m. rush hour.

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting or by calling 511.

Winter driving tips:

Ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready.
Keep a five-second distance or more behind other vehicles. Do no pass trucks applying chemicals unless absolutely necessary.
Be aware of areas prone to freezing such as ramps and bridges.
When driving on ice, do not slam on brakes. Turn gently and slowly.
Keep an emergency winter kit in your car.
Always wear your seatbelt.

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