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Dec. 7, 2013

VDOT asks drivers to avoid travel

FAIRFAX─ Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are pre-treating roads in northern Virginia today in advance of snow, sleet and freezing rain forecast for tomorrow. Drivers should watch for slow-moving vehicles pre-treating roads through this evening.

By 8 a.m. Sunday, almost 800 trucks will be staged in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties to handle ice on roads and bridges from freezing rain and low pavement temperatures.

“The wintry mix and low pavement temperatures will make travel hazardous through Monday morning. We ask that folks monitor the forecast and stay off the road if possible. If you must travel, keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles, particularly trucks treating the road,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern Virginia.



Crews pre-treat state roads in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. 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—crews use 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 pre-treated with salt brine.


Driving tips

VDOT reminds drivers to use caution in winter weather, and:

  • Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling
  • Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges


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