Braddock Neighborhood News

VDOT has New Tools to Respond to Winter Weather
The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun preparing for the 2012-2013 winter season with 4,000 trucks and plows ready to clear 16,000 streets in Northern Virginia.
This year VDOT will also be implementing new tools to assist residents. A mobile weather station for roads, a new 22,000-ton salt dome, a fleet of trucks to help clear the I-495 Express Lanes, and a pilot program where the public can track snow removal in their neighborhoods are among the innovations the Virginia Department of Transportation will use this winter in Northern Virginia.

Here is a complete list of what is new for winter 2012-13:
A web tool shows the status of plowing in Northern Virginia neighborhoods. Once it snows more than two inches, residents in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties can enter their address and see a color-coded snow map that shows whether plowing is underway, completed or not yet started in their neighborhood.

A truck-mounted weather station provides mobile measurements on road conditions (dry, moist, wet, snow, ice), as well as surface, dew point and air temperature, humidity and thickness of ice. This helps ensure that crews do not over- or under-apply chemicals.

A super-sized salt dome located at the Beltway and Van Dorn Street was added to help ensure that crews don’t run low on materials during severe storms. The dome will hold 22,000 tons of salt – about three times the capacity of a typical salt dome.

Four super-sized front loaders that can push snow with 20-foot wide blades or scoop snow with massive buckets. This new equipment will help clear interstates during severe storms.
Seven high-pressure flush trucks are dedicated to clearing snow and ice that accumulates around the bollards that separate the new 495 Express Lanes from the regular lanes.
A portable snow melter will be used in park-n-ride lots where massive piles of snow take away needed parking spaces.

More equipment:
Nearly 4,000 trucks and plows, mostly contracted, are available for snow and ice removal in northern Virginia. That’s 1,200 more trucks than during the severe winter of 2010.
Expanded pre-treating: Crews will pre-treat 850 lane miles (up from 600) of trouble spots including:
•350 lane miles (up from 300) on interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495 - including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1, with liquid magnesium chloride.
•Another 500 lane miles (up from 300) on major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway, routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, will be pre-treated with salt brine.
More brine, less salt: As the pre-treatment program is expanded, the need for salt to melt ice is reduced. Brine, which is 77 percent water and 23 percent salt, is kinder to the environment and less costly.

Last winter’s budget for Northern Virginia was $55 million and $35 million was spent. This year’s budget is $55 million.
VDOT is responsible for 17,737 lane miles in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington County maintains its own secondary roads). About half of those miles are highways, and half are neighborhood streets.

VDOT’s winter resources:
•For snow removal information: Visit
•To see the status of plowing in your neighborhood:
•For real-time traffic updates and road conditions: Visit, download the 511 smartphone app, or follow @511northernva on Twitter
•To report unplowed roads or hazardous conditions: Email or call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623)
•For general VDOT info: Follow VDOT on Facebook at, on Twitter @VDOT, and visit  

FCPD DWI Efforts Aim for a Safe December
In an effort to keep December 2012 a safe and festive month for all, Fairfax County Police are stepping up alcohol enforcement and education efforts with extra DWI patrols, sobriety checkpoints and social media messaging.

Last December (2011), officers arrested 372 drunk drivers as part of their Safe December efforts. Of those, 85 were female and 287 were male. That figure shows a 17 percent increase over 2010’s December DWI arrests. In all, over 3,200 people were arrested for drunk driving in Fairfax County in 2011.

Police urge residents to make their travel plans in advance of holiday parties by designating a sober driver as drunk driving continues to be a serious roadway danger. So far in 2012, 607 drivers have been involved in a reported crash after consuming alcohol; 60 of these drivers were underage at the time of the crash. The majority of the drivers were men; 481. Last December, there were 72 drivers involved in a reported crash after consuming alcohol.

Drivers aren’t the only ones at risk when alcohol is involved; pedestrians need to take precautions as well. Last year, 22 pedestrians were reported struck while walking after consuming alcohol; two of them were underage at the time they were struck.

In addition to additional DWI targeted patrols, motorists should expect to encounter checkpoints across Fairfax County this month as they are an additional deterrent and educational tool. The Public Information Office will post information on their social media sites throughout the month in an effort to remind residents of the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. You may check for updates by going to

Child Care Ordinance Amendments Approved by Board of Supervisors
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved amendments to the Fairfax County Home Child Care Facilities Ordinance after a public hearing on November 20. These revisions become effective February 1, 2013.

Families and Community:
Chapter 30, Articles 1 and 3 of the County Code regulates Home Child Care Facilities in which a person cares for five or fewer children. The ordinance is intended to protect the health and safety of children who receive care in family child care homes.
In response to the approved amendments, Fairfax County has scheduled information sessions to help family child care providers understand the changes in the ordinance. Join us at one of these community information sessions.

Information Session Dates and Locations are included below:

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013,
7-9 p.m.
Tysons Pimmit Regional Library,
Large Meeting Room
7584 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013,
7-9 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
Large Meeting Room
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013,
7-9 p.m.
Mount Vernon
Governmental Center
Room 1, 2, 3
2511 Parkers Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

If any of these sessions is cancelled due to inclement weather, an additional session will be offered at this location:

  Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
7-9 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
Large Meeting Room
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151

Registration is not required to attend the information sessions. Seating is first come, first serve. Providers will receive training credit for attending.

Please note: They will be unable to accommodate children at these sessions.

If you would like additional details regarding the approved ammendments please visit fairfax County’s website at

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office for Children, Community Education and Provider Services Division at 703-324-8000 or 8100, TTY 711.

Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
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