Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Feb. 13, 2008
VDOT REVIEWING RESPONSE TO YESTERDAY’S ICE STORM IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
“The impact of a severe weather event on this region’s economy, mobility and commerce is significant,” said Commissioner David S. Ekern. “This was a perfect storm with the type of freezing that took place, the time of day it hit and the lack of advanced notice that would have allowed a better response. We take our emergency response mission very seriously, and we understand that our crews must keep the region’s highways flowing during all weather conditions.”
VDOT dispatched 278 salt trucks throughout Northern Virginia beginning late yesterday morning. Crews began treating roads as soon as precipitation began to fall. VDOT had treated the majority, but not all of the ramps and bridges in the Springfield Interchange as the storm approached. Temperatures dipped and the pavement on bridges and overpasses quickly glazed over with ice.
“Had we known that icy conditions were imminent, we would have many more crews working on the Springfield Interchange,” said VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Administrator Morteza Salehi. We are deeply sorry for the massive inconveniences that drivers faced yesterday. We will learn from this storm and will adjust our operations to better serve citizens in this area before the next storm arrives.”
To learn more about how VDOT responds to snow and ice, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/news/snowseason.asp
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