Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Interactive Snow Plow Map and Road Clearing Priority

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has an interactive snow map that is activated once two inches of snow falls. Watch the video below for more on the map.

Major routes are treated with chemicals and plowed once two inches have fallen. In subdivisions and other low volume roads hills and other trouble spots are treated with sand and plowed when two inches have accumulated.

VDOT is responsible for 17,679 lane miles in Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington County maintains its own secondary roads). VDOT reported yesterday that more than 4,000 salt trucks and plows would be deployed throughout Northern Virginia early this morning in preparation for the snow.

Road Clearing Priority
In Northern Virginia, VDOT has one snow removal program for high volume roads such has Interstates 66, 95, 395, 495, Routes 1, 7, 15, 28, 50, Fairfax County Parkway, Prince William Parkway, etc.), and another snow removal program for subdivisions (main thoroughfares in neighborhoods, residential streets and cul de sacs). Therefore, crews will be working on high volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently. Within each of these programs, roads with the highest traffic volumes are cleared first. More on VDOT's snow clearing efforts...

If You Don't Have to Drive... Don't
Public safety officials are encouraging Loudoun County residents to stay off the roads, if possible, to allow VDOT crews to treat and plow roadways; and to ease travel for public safety and emergency responders.

If you must drive, follow these safe driving tips from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Also,report any road problems to VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD or

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