||Mafara Hobson, EOM at (202) 727-2807|
||Karyn Le Blanc, DDOT at (202) 497-4572|
||Linda Grant, DPW at (202) 497-1080|
(Washington, DC) — Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein, and Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland, Jr. reported on cleanup efforts from two major storms last week while providing new deployment plans for yet another storm forecasted to drop additional snow on Monday.
“We have already recorded new record breaking snow accumulation numbers for the District,” said Mayor Fenty. “Our crews have been out non-stop for over a week cleaning up from the two-previous storms and are gearing up for pre-treatment again on roadways that have already been cleared. They have done a fantastic job so far and are ready to handle this next storm.”
National Weather Forecast is forecasting a storm that will bring to the region a possible 4-8” of snow. The District is forecasted for possible rain in addition to some snow accumulation, with lower numbers (only 4”) forecasted at this time (this is subject to change as new weather reports come in).
DDOT and DPW will begin deployment at 8am tomorrow morning. Pre-treatment on now cleared roadways will commence with crews putting down salt and spraying brine on major corridors, bridges, overpasses, ramps, and hilly streets.
The snow emergency that was lifted on Saturday will go back into effect at 9am on Monday in order to help crews to plow curb-to-curb during this latest storm.
“Our crews and contractors have done a fantastic job getting into those streets that were hammered so hard with the two storms,” said DPW Director Howland. “The removal and hauling operation has been significant, involving a lot of moving pieces and many individuals and partners helping along the way. Our commitment to neighborhoods led to using the construction equipment starting last Sunday and that operation grew after the second storm came through. We have made great progress and are hoping this new storm will not impede all our efforts.”
The District snow team, which includes plow operators, salt hauling crews, safety teams, administrative personnel, inspectors, monitors, managers, customer service personnel, and many more important personnel, has been working since Friday, February 5th when the first of two major snow storms hit the DC area. Area roadways are being cleared through a massive hauling operation in anticipation of people returning to work and schools reopening on Tuesday (Monday is a federal holiday).
“Our goal was to get every roadway cleared as soon as humanly possible,” said DDOT Director Klein. “We have cleared many of our major travel routes on which travel lanes were blocked by large snow piles making commuting into and out of the city difficult. Those lanes have been reopened but with this new storm travel will again be slow and challenging.”
The following roadways have had travel lanes cleared of snow blockages including NY Avenue NE, I-395, DC 295, SE/SW Freeway, E Street NW, Constitution Avenue between 17th and 23rd streets, Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass/South Captiol Street, 14th Street, 11th Street, and Key Bridges, M and K streets NW and the Whitehurst Freeway.
Hauling operations are currently underway in other areas throughout the city. The majority of neighborhood streets have been made passable with additional specialized equipment such as backhoes, front-end loaders, bucket trucks, rollovers, motor graders, etc. removing and hauling snow from neighborhoods inundated with piles of plowed and shoveled snow.
With the storm forecasted to hit the region around noon on Monday the afternoon commute and rush hour will most likely be impacted. Commuters and travelers are advised to use transit as an option or to leave work at staggered times. Although it is a holiday, traffic volumes may still be significant as people try to get back to a normal work routine.
Roadways will be slippery by afternoon and temperatures will be below freezing by nightfall. Black ice and icy conditions may be in effect and as such drivers should proceed with caution and give themselves plenty of time to arrive at destinations.