|IMMEDIATE - 5 a.m. update
Jenni McCord 571-230-2926
Ellen Kamilakis 703-638-2595
Jan. 25, 2016
NORTHERN VA: USE EXTREME CAUTION DUE TO OVERNIGHT REFREEZE
Be alert to varying road conditions and crews working in lanes
FAIRFAX – Beware of black ice and use extreme caution if you must drive today, says the Virginia Department of Transportation.
As of 5 a.m., interstates in northern Virginia are mostly clear, and restrictions on the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are lifted today due to federal offices closing. Major routes are in moderate condition, with crews working non-stop to clear the 16,000 neighborhood streets in the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.
In addition to the overnight refreeze, VDOT asks drivers to be alert to varying conditions and sudden changes on all roads, such as:
- Lanes partially blocked by snow patches or drifting snow; snow-covered acceleration and turn lanes.
- Obstructed sight due to the high snow piles on shoulders and medians. Ease out into intersections, entrances and merge lanes.
- Slow-moving equipment such as loaders and motor graders, as well as lanes blocked due to snow-removal efforts.
With the extreme nature of this storm and the need for special equipment to move snow in subdivisions, crews are working to make all neighborhood roads passable over the next few days. Check www.vdotplows.org for plow progress near your house.
What residents should know
- Plows will provide a path through neighborhoods that is drivable with caution for an average passenger vehicle. The path will likely be snow-covered and rough, due to the volume of snow and refreeze.
- Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections where needed to provide traction.
- In many neighborhoods, front-end loaders and motor graders will move snow where there is not enough room to push.
- Crews are asked to be mindful of pushing large piles onto driveways, but in an extreme storm can be an unintended result of making roads passable.
Special equipment sought for neighborhoods
VDOT invites contractors with loaders, motor graders and operators to contact VDOT Northern Virginia’s procurement office at 703-259-3240.
Other VDOT resources:
- Check www.511virginia.org for road conditions
- Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
- If you are shoveling your driveway, view this video for helpful tips.
VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).
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