Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Dec. 18, 2009
VDOT PREPARES FOR WEEKEND WINTER STORM
Drivers urged to plan weekend travels carefully, make way for trucks and plows
CHANTILLY – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews began treating northern Virginia roads yesterday and will continue today in preparation for major snowfall forecasted to begin tomorrow morning.
By 2:30 p.m., crews will have 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, will be pre-treated with salt brine.
More than 1,000 trucks will mobilize at midnight tonight, staging at key areas and continuing to treat and plow roads through the duration of the storm.
With significant snow accumulation forecasted during the day Saturday, motorists are urged to plan weekend travels carefully, check road conditions before leaving and avoid driving if necessary. Increasing snowfall and winds may mean varying road conditions throughout the day. Drivers are also reminded to keep a distance of at least five seconds from snowplows and trucks spreading chemicals, and try not to pass these vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
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