Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Jan. 25, 2013

VDOT has pre-treated roads and staged trucks in northern Virginia

FAIRFAX─ The Virginia Department of Transportation urges drivers to check road conditions ahead of their commute, and to limit travel or use extreme caution during today’s rush hour snowfall expected in northern Virginia.

VDOT trucks are staged throughout the region for rush hour. Up to about 650 trucks will treat roads in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties throughout the storm. Crews will continue to treat all major roads and additional treatment will be provided to hills, curves, bridges, ramps and other problem spots. Subdivision streets are plowed when there is more than 2 inches of snow.

Earlier today, crews pre-treated 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—with liquid magnesium chloride. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, were pre-treated with salt brine.

VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
• Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling at or by calling 511
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road

Click here for more information on northern Virginia’s snow removal program, and report road problems to 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or

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