Friday, February 5, 2010

VDOT Asks Motorists to Make Way for Snowplows

Visibility deteriorating; 1,700 trucks rolling in northern Virginia

As more than 1,700 snowplows and spreader trucks begin rolling on highways in northern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks that drivers provide plenty of room for crews to get through. Visibility is already deteriorating from heavy, blowing snow and whiteout conditions are expected at times throughout the night.

Drivers are urged to continue to avoid travel throughout the weekend. Extreme conditions of up to two feet of heavy, wet snow and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour will cause snow to drift, limit visibility and make driving increasingly hazardous.

VDOT’s entire fleet in northern Virginia will remain on duty all weekend in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. To help drivers get home more efficiently today, traffic engineers have adjusted I-95/395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane hours, I-66 shoulder lanes and timing of traffic signals on other popular commuter routes. The I-95/395 HOV lanes will remain southbound through Saturday evening, and will be closed for snow removal on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before driving during the storm by visiting or by calling 511. For more information on how VDOT prepares for snow, visit

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