Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Dec. 16, 2010

9 a.m.: Motorists urged to slow down, use caution

CHANTILLY – About 700 trucks are ready to spread salt on northern Virginia roadways as soon as precipitation hits the pavement this morning, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Plow trucks stand ready to plow if necessary.  

Yesterday crews pretreated pre-treated trouble spots on 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. Other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, were treated with salt brine.

Click here for details on VDOT’s preparations in northern Virginia this winter, and for more information on snow removal visit

For the latest road conditions, traffic camera video and real-time weather and incidents information, visit

Winter driving tips:
• Ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready.
• Keep a five-second distance or more behind other vehicles. Do no pass trucks applying chemicals unless absolutely necessary.
• Be aware of areas prone to freezing such as ramps and bridges.
• When driving on ice, do not slam on brakes. Turn gently and slowly.
• Keep an emergency winter kit in your car.
• Always wear your seatbelt.

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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