Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 20, 2010
VDOT PREPARES FOR WINTRY MIX
Crews anti-icing trouble spots in northern Virginia today
CHANTILLY – Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for a wintry mix late tonight and a second round expected to begin Thursday afternoon and ending sometime Friday. While little to no accumulation is expected, roads could become slick with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.
By 4 p.m. today, 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, I-66 at Route 29 in Gainesville 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, are being pre-treated with salt brine.
By 8 p.m. tonight, 120 trucks will begin patrolling roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, monitoring conditions and treating areas that may freeze overnight. By noon Thursday, VDOT will have 350 trucks treating roads throughout northern Virginia.
For updates on road conditions, as well as real-time weather, incident information and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org.
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