Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Nov. 25, 2013
CREWS PREPARE FOR SLIPPERY A.M. COMMUTE
VDOT asks drivers to monitor forecast; telework or delay Tuesday morning travel
FAIRFAX─ Virginia Department of Transportation crews are pre-treating roads in northern Virginia today in advance of freezing rain and sleet forecast for tomorrow morning’s rush hour. Drivers should watch for slow-moving vehicles pre-treating roads through this evening.
By 5 a.m. Tuesday, almost 500 trucks will be staged throughout the region to handle potential ice on roads and bridges from freezing rain and low pavement temperatures.
VDOT crews are also looking ahead to another round of freezing rain and cold temperatures expected for Wednesday evening’s commute. “We ask that drivers monitor the forecast closely during these busiest travel days of the year, and adjust their departure plans accordingly,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern Virginia.
Crews pre-treat state roads in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. 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—crews use liquid magnesium chloride. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, are pre-treated with salt brine.
VDOT reminds drivers to use caution in winter weather, and:
• Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles, particularly trucks treating the road
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
Get more information
• Click here for details on northern Virginia’s snow removal program.
• Twitter: Follow @vadotnova for northern Virginia news, and @511northernva for real-time traffic updates.
• Use the 511 app or visit www.511virginia.org.
• Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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