Tuesday, March 3, 2015

VDOT Crews Staging by Noon to Prep for Difficult Afternoon Commute

Expect this afternoon's commute to be long and difficult says the Virginia Department of Transportation, with snow, sleet and freezing rain expected to hit Northern Virginia right at rush hour, and many drivers expected to leave work or school early.
VDOT reports that by noon today, more than 900 trucks will be staged on interstates and major roads in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties.
VDOT says that their crews spent yesterday pre-treating major roads and trouble spots in Northern Virginia and will finish up early this morning.
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 brine


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