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July 2, 2012

VDOT update on signal outages, blocked roads

FAIRFAX— Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to address storm damage, working closely with emergency responders and utility companies to restore traffic signals and reopen roads.

Signal outages and HOV restrictions
More than 80 traffic signals in northern Virginia remain without power. Drivers should treat these intersections as four-way stops and proceed with caution.

To help ease delays on arterial routes due to signal outages, VDOT will lift the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) requirement of two or more passengers on  Interstate 66 inside the Beltway during the a.m. (eastbound) and p.m. (westbound) rush hours tomorrow, July 3. Regular HOV restrictions will remain in effect on I-66 outside the Beltway and on I-95/395.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued an Unscheduled Leave/Unscheduled Telework Policy for Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Road closures
As of 2 p.m., there are about 50 roads reported with closures due to downed power lines and trees throughout northern Virginia, and VDOT is working with Dominion Virginia Power crews to ensure tangled lines are safely removed before clearing.

Since many fallen trees contain power lines, drivers and residents are strongly advised to avoid contact with them.

For a complete listing of road conditions by county, visit Report traffic signal outages or debris and downed trees in roads to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

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