Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jeanene Harris 703-259-2420
Dec. 10, 2013
1,900 TRUCKS AND PLOWS CLEARING NORTHERN VIRGINIA ROADS
FAIRFAX─ The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urges motorists to check road conditions before traveling and to drive with extreme caution. More than 1,900 trucks are now working to keep roads passable throughout northern Virginia.
VDOT has a new web tool that shows the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods at www.vdotplows.org. Once it snows more than two inches, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William residents can enter their address and a color-coded map shows whether plowing is underway, completed, or not yet started in their neighborhood.
Main thoroughfares in subdivisions are repeatedly plowed during a storm. Once the storm has stopped and those roads are clear, crews work to make residential streets and cul-de-sacs passable. Chemicals are not used in subdivisions, but crews sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction. For most storms, one snowplow pass, about eight to ten feet wide, is made.
When shoveling driveways, residents should leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back. It also helps to shovel to the right facing the road and if residents park on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
Last winter’s budget for northern Virginia was $55 million and $48 million was spent. This year’s budget is $63 million.
Get more information
Click here for details on northern Virginia’s snow removal program.
- Twitter: Follow @vadotnova for northern Virginia news, and @511northernva for real-time traffic updates.
- Use the 511 app or visit www.511virginia.org.
- Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or email@example.com.
- For general snow removal information: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
- Follow VDOT at www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT and visit www.VirginiaDOT.org
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