VDOT News - Northern Virginia



Jennifer McCord 571-230-2926
Ellen Kamilakis 703-638-2595

Jan. 27, 2016

Reduce speed, allow extra travel time for remaining snow impacts

FAIRFAX – As more commuters venture out today, the Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to allow extra travel time, use caution and be alert to remnants of this weekend’s blizzard that will slow the morning commute, such as:

  • Black ice. Crews are treating for melting and refreezing every day.
  • Shifting or narrowed lanes, and some roads with fewer lanes due to snow cover. Watch for snow patches or drifting snow on acceleration and turn lanes.
  • Obstructed sight due to snow mounds on shoulders and at merges, intersections, and ramps. Be aware that signal timing may be impacted by snow-covered turn lanes. Signal engineers are monitoring major intersections and adjusting as needed.
  • Slow-moving heavy equipment, and lanes blocked throughout the week for further snow-removal efforts.

What residents should know

  • Crews worked around the clock to open one passable lane in all subdivisions.
  • Passable means a path that is drivable with caution for a rear-wheel drive vehicle. The path will be snow-packed and rough, due to the volume of snow and refreeze.
  • Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections where needed to provide traction.
  • Crews are asked to be mindful of pushing large piles onto driveways, sidewalks, and fire hydrants, but in an extreme storm like this can be an unintended result of making roads passable.
  • Snow-removal efforts will be on-going through the week, using equipment such as front-end loaders and motor graders to continue snow removal where there is not enough room to push.

Other VDOT resources:

  • Report missed roads and road hazards to 1-800-367-ROAD (7623)
  • Check www.511virginia.org for road conditions
  • Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
  • If you are shoveling your driveway, view this video for helpful tips.

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).


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