Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Dec. 20, 2009
VDOT CREWS MAKING PROGRESS AFTER STORM ENDS
Motorists still advised to use extreme caution as conditions may vary
CHANTILLY – Virginia Department of Transportation crews have made significant progress in northern Virginia overnight, and continue to work around the clock to plow and retreat roads.
At this time all interstates are mostly wet with passable lanes, but they are not clear of snow from shoulder to shoulder. Most major arteries are also passable, however pavement will be slushy and slippery, and left-turn lanes are still snow-covered.
Crews have begun plowing the 7,000 lane miles of subdivision roads in northern Virginia, however it will likely be Wednesday night before all subdivisions are passable. Drivers are still asked to use extreme caution on these roads, as they will be very difficult to navigate. Where crews have plowed, drivers can expect a path but slushy conditions with high piles of snow to the sides.
Pavement temperatures remain below freezing in all areas, and crews are expected to retreat roads today as refreezes are expected for the next couple of days.
Crews will work today to clear the I-95/I-395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes so that they can be reversed and reopened northbound this afternoon. Crews are also working to clear commuter lots throughout northern Virginia by Monday night.
More than 1,700 plows, spreaders and other pieces of equipment will continue working 12-hour shifts on northern Virginia roads until all state-maintained roads are considered safe.
For updates on these and other road conditions, as well as real-time weather conditions, traffic incidents and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org.
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