Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Feb. 1, 2010
VDOT URGES DRIVERS TO USE CAUTION THIS MORNING
5:30 a.m. update: Northern Virginia commuter lots, HOV lanes ready for a.m. rush
CHANTILLY – The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution this morning as melted snow may have frozen on roads overnight from temperatures remaining in the teens. Crews have re-treated pavement throughout northern Virginia, but there may be slick spots, especially on secondary roads and subdivisions streets.
In preparation for this morning’s rush hour, VDOT and contractor crews have cleared highway shoulders and turn lanes on major routes and have plowed and sanded subdivision streets. Commuter lots along I-95 and I-66 are clear and treated with sand. Both the I-95/395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes as well as the eastbound I-66 shoulder lane between the Capital Beltway and Route 50 have been plowed, treated and are open for normal rush hour operations.
Almost 300 trucks remain on duty to plow and treat neighborhood streets and problem spots such as hills and curves. VDOT reminds motorists not to expect bare pavement or curb-to-curb clearance in these areas, however if they encounter icy spots this morning, they are encouraged to report them to 703-383-VDOT or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drivers can also check current road conditions, incidents and traffic cameras before leaving this morning by visiting www.511Virginia.org or calling 511.
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