Jennifer McCord
Ellen Kamilakis

Jan. 8, 2018

Reminders for Drivers for Afternoon Rush
Avoid icy conditions if possible; crews staged for treatment

Crews have pretreated roads and will treat with a salt and sand mix this afternoon and overnight.FAIRFAX—The Virginia Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay closely tuned to freezing rain predicted to begin this afternoon and create icy conditions through the evening.  See the National Weather Service’s forecastWinter Weather Advisory and Winter Commuting Hazard statements.

Crews have thoroughly pre-treated roads in northern Virginia. As precipitation begins, trucks will be 
riding with traffic to treat pavement with salt and sand.

VDOT offers several important reminders for drivers:
  • Trucks will be traveling on the roads during rush hour to continue treating. Give them plenty of room and avoid driving if possible while conditions are icy.
  • Pavement temperatures are below freezing and any precipitation will quickly stick to roads.
  • Rush-hour pricing will be in effect on westbound I-66 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adjust routes or trip timing if possible, as road conditions and treatment trucks may impact prices. Check current estimated prices at or on the mobile app.
  • Assume any “wet” pavement is icy. Bridges, ramps, overpasses and lower-volume roads may ice first, and even previously treated roads will become slick quickly with the low pavement temperatures.
  • Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and be prepared with an emergency kit. Here’s how:
Stay up-to-date on current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:

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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