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Va. Transportation Officials Urge You to Stay Off Roads Tuesday

By Potomac Local January 20, 2014 7:00 pm

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Transportation officials in Virginia are paying close attention to the weather tonight. By 4 a.m., VDOT says there will be more than 4,000 pieces of equipment out on area highways — salt trucks and plows. 

There is at least  four inches of snow in the forecast Tuesday, and VDOT officials say that after two inches of snow  has fallen residents can begin using the state’s plow map to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.

Here’s more in a press release: 

Pre-treating

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 telework or delay travel during winter weather, and:
• Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before leaving
• Slow down and allow 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 www.511virginia.org.
• Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or novainfo@vdot.virginia.gov.

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