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Feb. 22, 2013

Crews preparing for freezing rain, low pavement temperatures

FAIRFAX─ The Virginia Department of Transportation urges drivers to check road conditions ahead of their commute this afternoon, and to limit travel or use caution.

By noon, more than 600 trucks will be on hand to treat roads in northern Virginia. Crews will be staged to handle potential ice on roads and bridges from freezing rain and low pavement temperatures, particularly west of the Beltway and in Loudoun County.

Today, crews are pre-treating 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.

VDOT reminds motorists to use caution during wintry weather. Drivers should:
• Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling at or by calling 511
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are treating the road

Click here for more information on northern Virginia’s snow removal program, and report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD or

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