Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
July 2, 2012
I-66 HOV LIFTED INSIDE THE BELTWAY THIS AFTERNOON
Drivers asked to use caution due to signal outages, blocked roads
FAIRFAX— Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to address the weekend’s storm damage, working closely with emergency responders and utility companies to restore traffic signals and reopen roads.
More than 100 traffic signals in northern Virginia remain without power. Drivers should treat these intersections as four-way stops and proceed with caution.
To help ease delays on arterial routes due to signal outages, VDOT will lift the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) requirement of two or more passengers on westbound Interstate 66 inside the Beltway during the p.m. rush hour today, July 2. Regular HOV restrictions will remain in effect on I-66 outside the Beltway and on I-95/395.
As of 11 a.m., there are 52 roads reported with closures due to downed power lines and trees throughout northern Virginia, and VDOT is working with Dominion Virginia Power crews to ensure tangled lines are safely removed before clearing.
Since many fallen trees contain power lines, drivers and residents are strongly advised to avoid contact with them.
For a complete listing of road conditions by county, visit www.511virginia.org. Report traffic signal outages or debris and downed trees in roads to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
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