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VDOT Trucks Staging for Possible Freezing Rain Tonight

by ARLnow.com January 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm 2,165 9 Comments

After last Wednesday’s wintry weather caused a traffic disaster of truly epic proportions, VDOT is wasting no time warning drivers of the light freezing rain predicted tonight.

“Another bout of sleet and freezing rain is expected after 7 p.m., and the Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to be alert to changing road conditions in northern Virginia tonight,” VDOT said in a statement. “With rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures also forecasted for 4 a.m. tomorrow, drivers are asked to monitor forecasts carefully and postpone or limit travel during the morning rush.”

To help keep roadways clear, the agency has 1,600 trucks staging along Northern Virginia roadways.

By 3 p.m. today, about 1,600 trucks will begin staging along interstates and major roads throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties for quick response.

Crews pre-treated trouble spots today 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—with liquid magnesium chloride. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, were pre-treated with salt brine.

Although forecasters say tonight’s freezing rain should be light, they also caution that some slick spots could develop, particularly in the early morning hours. A separate threat of wintry weather on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning is expected to produce mostly rain in Arlington and the District, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

  • Bluemont John

    “Forecasted”? Ouch. Should be “forecast.” Shame on you, VDOT.

  • Bill

    I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the trails (Bluemont, Custis) cleared a bit while they’re at it. They’re terrible right now.

    • The Noze Bros

      Plus Custis and Four Mile Run. As it is, no biking possible until a spring melt. 🙁

  • DB

    What about the county? Have they pretreated any of the very hilly major roads?

    • LyonSteve

      Military Road still has snow in the middle of the road. The county hasn’t/won’t do a thing.

  • nadnerb

    Arlington still never plowed my street from the last snow.

  • charlie

    streets perfect today.
    a little pepper with that salt would be nice…
    thanks arlington & vdot for being prepared.

    • LyonSteve

      Are you a shill for Arlington County? They haven’t done a darn thing. Admittedly, so far this ice “event” is not much, but the only salt I saw was on VDOT roads (Lee Highway, US 50, I-66 and 395.

      Most Arlington County roads, as usual, are not pre-treated, nor treated. Tomorrow will be fun if the ice comes in overnight as expected.

      • charlie

        hardly a shill. i went for a 90 minute walk this morning and had no problems. driving in ballston, clarendon, columbia pike and shirlington this morning — no problems.
        and based on traffic reports it seems that everyone got everywhere in Arlington just fine.
        just because a street isn’t “treated” doesn’t mean it is unsafe. my street was almost dry.


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