Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Oct. 29, 2012

Avoid travel in Northern Virginia beginning this morning

FAIRFAX—More than 400 VDOT crewmembers have begun 12-hour shifts monitoring roadways in northern Virginia. As conditions in northern Virginia will deteriorate throughout the day, drivers are asked to make every effort to be off the road.

Crews have prepared for the last several days, testing equipment and putting personnel on standby to handle storm damage. High water on roads in flood-prone areas, traffic signal outages, and road closures due to debris, downed trees and power lines are expected over the next several days.

VDOT reminds drivers:

  • Make every effort to be off the road during heavy rains and tropical-storm force winds.
  • Treat intersections where traffic signals are out as four-way stops.
  • Do not attempt to drive through high water.
  • Slow down on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Ensure vehicles have adequate fuel to complete trips during power outages.

Get the latest road conditions at or by downloading the 511 mobile app.

View the entire list of roads closed due to the storm, sortable by county, at

Receive real-time northern Virginia traffic updates on Twitter by following @511northernvirginia. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.  

Follow VDOT throughout the storm at

Report downed trees and hazardous road conditions to 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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