Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Jan. 25, 2011

Problem spots on northern Virginia interstates and main roads pre-treated

FAIRFAX ― With waves of snow and freezing rain expected in northern Virginia tomorrow, Virginia Department of Transportation crews are pre-treating area roads and preparing to report overnight to stage along interstates, main roads and in subdivisions.

Today, crews are pre-treating 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, are being pre-treated with salt brine.

By 10 p.m. tonight, 1,700 trucks will be ready to clear northern Virginia roads once snow hits the pavement. Salt trucks will be pre-positioned along interstates and major roads throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties for quick response.

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting or by calling 511.

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.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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