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Ice Causing Big Problems for Drivers in Arlington Forest

by ARLnow.com January 18, 2011 at 9:40 am 1,669 17 Comments

Police are urgently calling in salt trucks to the Arlington Forest neighborhood, where a number of cars have been sliding down a steep hill on North Edison Street.

Cops are starting to block off access to the road in the area of Carlin Springs Road and North Emerson Street. They’re reporting on the radio that the street is coated with ice.

At least two cars are reported to have been involved in a collision, and at least one county vehicle is stuck at the bottom of the hill.

Update at 9:55 a.m. — Dangerous, icy conditions are also being reported in the area of South Hayes Street and Fort Scott Drive in Aurora Hills.

  • NorthArlingtonHE

    Arlington continues its war on drivers. Days when the forecast called for snow — but none was received resulted in roads pre-treated with inches of salt.

    Last night when we received a nice layer of sleet, snow and freezing rain — Arlington did not pre-treat the roads. And this is what we are left with.

    • Skeptical

      Yup. And it’s not as if we didn’t have an explicit forecast, well in advance, of one-tenth of an inch of ice accumulation. At the very least, steep slopes could have been brined. Didn’t we hear a big fat feelgood announcement a few months back about the county having bought a new brine machine?

      • Westover

        Snow Emergency Routes were pretreated with salt, did not do too much help this time. Brine the streets next time?

        • notahoo

          I live on a snow emergency route, so the county at least missed my icy street.

          • GeorgeOrwell

            also on snow emergency route. no trucks till this morning around 8 AM.

          • Westover

            Salt Truck went by on Patrick Henry at about 9pm last night, then was back at about 6am.

    • biker

      War on drivers? Talk about hyperbole, especially in the context of whether snow/ice preparedness efforts were adequate. Ridiculous to suggest it is part of a campaign to reduce vehicle use.

      Even though I’m in agreement with policies that encourage alternative transport, like bikes, and to get drivers to slow down, like with speed humps and circles. One of the reasons I moved to Arlington was that even in the mid-80s, there were bike route signs and paths that made it possible to get around the county or commute to DC by bike. I’ve gotten a lot of exercise, consumed a lot less carbon, and have had to deal with many fewer traffic hassles because of it.

      • Agent Michael Scarn

        Well said, biker.

    • mehoo

      Here’s the procedure: Drivers whine, so the county dumps salt at the slightest hint of snow. Then county runs out of salt, and doesn’t dump salt when it does snow. Drivers whine.

      • Skeptical

        Excuse me? Concern over whether our streets are ice rinks dangerous to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike is “whining”?

        Let’s run over this again — every meteorological model had been solidly predicting freezing rain overnight Monday-Tuesday since late last week. We are nowhere near out of salt, and if we can afford anything in this county we can afford salt. So streets that were absolutely white before a half-baked, uncertain snow event within the past month go completely untreated, even on one in two grades. People experiencing collisions have to call and plead for safety measures. This is whining?

        If I put 4000 miles on my old wreck of a compact in a year it’s a phenomenon, but not everyone has the option of staying home or the ability to cycle where they need to go, and if Arlington is going to go blatting “World Class Community” all over everything it says about itself, the least I expect is that the county takes ice at least as seriously as it takes snow.

  • ArlingtonForestResident

    The road appears to finally be open. Just talked to the neighbor who had to call the police and beg for someone to come close off the road and help her move her car before another accident happened. This is definitely not the first time that this neighborhood has taken much lower priority vs. others.

  • V Dizzle

    Watch out on 1200 N Quinn St. The hill is a sheet of ice and you can only walk in the middle of the street.

  • Observer

    The response or preparation to this storm does seem lacking. I live on a one block long street in N. Arlington down towards Chain Bridge, but which has a steep hill. We usually do not see a plow for at least a day on small snow falls and several days on big events. In the prior wintry events this year there seems to have been a very aggressive approach to treating roads. For this storm, we did not see anything on our street or any surrounding streets, which normally are plowed/treated early. Once out to Glebe Road, there were no issues.

    • Skeptical

      I know that hood well. Grew up near there in fact. You take your life in your hands in weather like this.

      By the way, nothing beats Yaktrax cleats for this kind of day.

      I don’t know if we should be addressing the head of the Public Works department or County Manager Barbara Donellan, but HEADS UP, people — when there is a dirty weather prediction, especially one this certain and specific, ANTICIPATE THE PROBLEMS, don’t just respond to them — after you hear about them and when you get around to it. It isn’t rocket science to predict that a county as hilly as Arlington is going to have some routine trouble spots in an ice storm. And don’t just give the orders and go back to sleep — nag, follow up, verify.

  • The Dope of South Arlington

    Barbara Donnellan falling down on the job already.

  • Arlwhenever

    Fairfax County prioritizes salt treatments to get to steep hills early — seems like that is too difficult for “sprawling” Arlington.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Road treatment and road maintenance – two of the few things I actually want done with my tax dollars


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