Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Dec. 24, 2009
VDOT CREWS PREPARE FOR FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT
Local problem spots pre-treated; Crews to continue patrols for freezing conditions
CHANTILLY – Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for freezing rain predicted for early Christmas morning.
Yesterday, crews pre-treated trouble spots on interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495—including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1—with liquid magnesium chloride. Other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway, routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, were pre-treated with salt brine.
About 400 trucks will mobilize tonight to patrol roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, monitoring conditions and treating areas that may refreeze overnight.
Drivers are still asked to use caution overnight this week, as low temperatures are expected to re-freeze melted snow and ice. For updates on these and other road conditions, as well as real-time weather, incidents and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org.
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