Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 26, 2011
VDOT CREWS PREPARE FOR DIFFICULT RUSH HOUR
Motorists should limit afternoon and evening travel today
FAIRFAX ― With the National Weather Service calling for rapidly deteriorating weather conditions in northern Virginia this afternoon, the Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to plan ahead for their evening commutes, and to limit travel after 4 p.m. today.
About 2,000 trucks are prepared to treat northern Virginia roads when the second round of precipitation hits this afternoon. Treatment trucks and plows are pre-positioning along interstates, major roads and in subdivisions throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties for quick response.
If motorists must travel, they are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511.
Yesterday, crews 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. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, were pre-treated with salt brine.
Winter driving tips:
• Ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready.
• Slow down, and 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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