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Now Comes the Plow? Most Reston Main Roads Look Good Wednesday Morning

by Karen Goff January 22, 2014 at 11:19 am 0

Snowplow/Photo Courtesy of VDOTSnow plow crews will continue to work on Northern Virginia streets on Wednesday, but the Virginia Department of Transportation says residents should be patient as conditions are challenging.

Tuesday’s storm dumped about six inches of snow in the area. And while the sun is shining and no snow is falling today, temperatures are in the single digits for now, making ice melter less effective.

VDOT said at the start of the snow season this year it is more prepared than ever to tackle snow removal. Among its new features: high-tech tools to view plowed streets. VDOT said Monday that more than 4,000 pieces of equipment were ready to work on Tuesday’s storm.

To see the status of VDOT plows near you, check VDOTPlows.

VDOT News to know for Wednesday snow removal

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes will close northbound at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. to allow crews extra time treat ramps and open gates southbound in time for the afternoon rush hour.
Drifting snow and below-freezing temperatures will make even roads that have already been plowed and treated slick. Drivers should use extreme caution, be aware of changing road conditions and use appropriate speeds.

Chemicals used to treat roads become less effective under 20 degrees. Crews continue to plow, treat ice with a mixture of salt and liquid magnesium chloride on interstates, and use a treated sand mix on primary and local roads.

In neighborhoods, park on the odd-numbered side of the street where possible to leave room for the plow to pass.

After a plow has passed, roads will be passable, but will not be bare pavement and may remain snow-packed.
Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or [email protected].

Be aware that VDOT is not responsible for many Reston roads. Neither is Reston Association. VDOT plows will hit main roads such as Sunrise Valley Drive and Reston Parkway, as well as some side residential roads.

However, the majority of Reston clusters are contracted with private plow companies. If you live in a private cluster and need information, contact your cluster president or private plowing company.

Obviously, Reston Now has not traveled every road around town. If you see a trouble spot, help out your neighbors and post in the comments below.

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