Saturday, February 6, 2010

VDOT Urges Patience as Crews Work Neighborhoods

More Snow on the Way Tuesday -- Could be Most of the Week for VDOT to Plow Subdivisions

As crews work around the clock to keep main roads passable, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks northern Virginia residents to be patient over the coming days. Crews must concentrate on interstates and primary roads first, and will then begin to make inroads into subdivisions.

It will be Monday before crews begin to focus on subdivisions. It could take most of the week—especially with more snow expected Tuesday—to finish plowing neighborhoods in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.

VDOT reminds residents of the following:
  • The main, more heavily traveled roads in a subdivision will be plowed first, to be followed by low-volume roads and cul-de-sacs.
  • Plows will make one or two trips to provide a path through neighborhood streets, but they will not clear to bare pavement or from curb to curb.
  • Because chemicals are not used in subdivisions, roads will remain snowpacked and rutted after the plow has passed. Crews will put sand on hills, curves and intersections as needed to provide traction.
  • If planning to shovel their driveways, residents should try to refrain from clearing the last few feet at the curb until your street is plowed, as plows may push snow back into driveways. It also helps to shovel to the right as you face the road.
  • VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or trails.
  • VDOT plow drivers have assigned routes that include each and every state-maintained road in northern Virginia.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency and need to leave your home.
If by Wednesday, residents have not seen a plow in their subdivision, they can call 703-383-VDOT or e-mail with the location. Photos are also welcomed. Crews will be dispatched to treat missed spots and problem areas.

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