Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Dec. 16, 2010
VDOT CREWS BATTLING REFREEZE
7 p.m.: 700 trucks working throughout the night
CHANTILLY ― As low temperatures and slushy roads will result in hazardous icy patches on northern Virginia roads tonight and tomorrow morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urges motorists to avoid travel if possible or use extreme caution.
Crews will work through the night to re-treat ramps, bridges and major roadways with liquid chemicals. In subdivisions, crews will continue to spread sand on hills, curves and other trouble spots. About 1,400 salt trucks and plows were clearing northern Virginia roads earlier today. About 700 trucks will continue working after the evening rush hour.
“Our goal tonight is to make sure roads have been treated prior to the morning rush,” said VDOT maintenance administrator Branco Vlacich. “Motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously and be on the look out for icy stretches.”
Click here for details on VDOT’s preparations in northern Virginia this winter, and for more information on snow removal visit www.virginiadot.org/snow.
For the latest road conditions, traffic camera video and real-time weather and incidents information, visit www.511virginia.org.
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.
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