Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Dec. 13, 2013

Be alert to changing road conditions

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

By 8 a.m. Saturday, almost 700 trucks will be on duty in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties to handle snow and ice on roads and bridges.

“Please be aware that road conditions will fluctuate as snow turns to sleet and freezing rain,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern Virginia. “Be sure to check the forecast and road conditions before leaving, and to drive carefully in case of refreeze.”


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

Get more information

• Get details on northern Virginia’s snow removal program.
• Follow @vadotnova on Twitter for northern Virginia news, and @511northernva for real-time traffic updates.
• Use the 511 app or visit
• Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or

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