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VDOT Preps 4,000 Trucks for Snow in N. VA.

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33rd District residents should vote early tomorrow

VDOTFAIRFAX─ Virginia Department of Transportation crews are pre-treating roads aggressively throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties today. Snow accumulations of up to nine inches are possible in western areas, according to forecasts.

Due to tomorrow’s special state senate election, crews will pay particular attention to polling places in the 33rd District, which includes portions of eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax counties.

“We urge those in the 33rd District to vote early tomorrow,” said VDOT Northern Virginia District Administrator Helen Cuervo, P.E. “While we have called in all of our available state and contracted forces for this storm, it is best to vote early and avoid deteriorating road conditions through the day.”

By 4 a.m. tomorrow, more than 4,000 pieces of equipment will report to plow and treat roads in northern Virginia. Plows loaded with salt and sand will be staged to handle all problem areas, including subdivisions and polling locations. More than 700 trucks will be dedicated to Loudoun County alone.

Once it has snowed two inches, residents can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood.

As temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for the next several days, drivers are encouraged to be on the lookout for refreeze and slick spots, even on roads that have already been treated.

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

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