15 Sep 2014
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VDOT to Deploy 4,000 Snow Trucks Wednesday Morning

Expect Northern Virginia roadways with 2+ inches of snow to be plowed and/or treated with chemicals.

VDOT to Deploy 4,000 Snow Trucks Wednesday Morning

The Virginia Department of Transportation is sending out 4,000 salt trucks and snow plows across Northern Virginia before 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning ahead of the snow storm coming to Northern Virginia.

Once it begins snowing and later, you can find out when your street will be plowed by checking the VDOT Web site.

Area roads are expected to be treacherously slick due to snowfall, and VDOT is tasked with maintaining 17,679 miles of roadways in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties.

“We are urging commuters to stay off the road on Wednesday and let our crews clear the roads,” VDOT maintenance engineer Branco Vlacich said in a press release. “Roads likely will be treacherous at times.” 

Major routes are treated with chemicals and plowed once 2 inches of snow has fallen, and high-traffic roadways take priority for snow removal. Subdivisions and other low-volume roads and hills are treated with sand and plowed when 2 inches have accumulated.

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