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VDOT road report for Tuesday, Jan. 26

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports that interstates and primaries in northern Virginia are mostly in passable condition, and crews are making significant progress on secondary roads and subdivision streets.

Motorists should continue to limit travel to give crews room for snow removal efforts. If travel is a must, use extreme caution as even clear pavement is likely to be slick due to snow melting during the day and refreezing overnight.

Crews continue to work 12-hour shifts, around the clock, to plow and treat all roads.

In addition to the overnight refreeze, drivers should be alert to varying conditions and sudden changes on all roads.

What drivers should know:

· High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions are being lifted today due to the federal government closure.

· Traffic is beginning to increase. Limit travel, as traffic slows down the movement of heavy equipment and redeployment of smaller vehicles.

· If travel is a must, be alert to crews stationed with heavy equipment to move the massive volumes of snow. Reduce speeds and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles, do not pass snowplows or other equipment.

· Expect limited visibility from high snow mounds encroaching on merges, intersections, and ramps.

· Due to the massive snowfall, passable secondary and some primary roads may have only one lane, narrow access points, and will not be cleared curb-to-curb.

Other VDOT resources:

· Check for road conditions

· Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).

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