Ellen Kamilakis

March 1, 2018

High Winds to Impact Roads Through Saturday
Expect potential for downed trees and wires, debris

FAIRFAX—Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are once again mobilizing for weather, but this time for forecasted high winds. Drivers should be aware of possible road closures due to downed trees and power lines, as well as road debris. See National Weather Service’s High Wind Advisory.

VDOT and contract crews will report for duty overnight to clear fallen trees, branches, and any other debris that may obstruct roads. Crews are also prepared to support any issues with traffic signals, overhead and ground-mounted signs, and electrical and lighting structures.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Check road closures before you travel, and look at potential alternate routes.
  • Reduce your speeds and assume there may be a road obstruction ahead.
  • Move over for responders with blue, red, and amber lights, including VDOT and utility crews.
  • Always use your headlights, remember wipers on, lights on is the law.
  • Ensure gas tanks are full, and have a good emergency kit. Here’s how:

Drivers can:

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