Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Feb. 6, 2010
NORTHERN VIRGINIA ROADS REMAIN TREACHEROUS
12:30 p.m. update: VDOT crews work to keep up with snowfall on interstates, primaries
CHANTILLY – The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to urge drivers to remain off of roads in northern Virginia, for their own safety and for the safety of VDOT crews.
While interstates and major highways are being plowed continuously, they are snow-packed with significant snowfall accumulating between plow trips. VDOT stresses that these roads are barely passable—drivers in general passenger vehicles cannot safely navigate them at this time. Crews are having difficulty responding to drivers who become stranded attempting to navigate interstates and ramps.
Crews continue to concentrate on interstates and primary roads first, and will begin to make inroads into subdivisions over the next several days. VDOT asks that if residents are planning to shovel their driveways, to refrain from clearing the last few feet at the street as plows may push snow into back into the driveways.
More than 2,000 pieces of equipment, including snow plows, snow blowers and spreader trucks are working around the clock to keep emergency routes passable.
Motorists are advised to keep abreast of current weather and road conditions, and view traffic cameras at www.511Virginia.org.
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