Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Feb. 25, 2015

Crews pre-treating roads, preparing for snow

FAIRFAX—The Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to monitor forecasts and carefully plan their commutes Thursday, with two to five inches or more of snow forecasted to begin impacting the region during the morning rush. Drivers are asked to delay trips if possible and use extreme caution if driving, as pavement temperatures will remain below freezing for most of the day.

Crews will finish pre-treating major roads in northern Virginia this evening. By midnight crews will begin reporting to local headquarters in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties, and by 4 a.m. about 1,480 trucks will be deployed along interstates, main roads and neighborhood streets to treat and plow.


Crews pre-treat major roads and trouble spots 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 brine.

Reminders for Drivers and Residents:

•          If possible, park in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass

•          If you must be on the road, check or use the mobile app before leaving for road conditions

•         Get more details on snow removal in northern Virginia

•         Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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