Traffic Updates for Hurricane Sandy

Posted 7:27 a.m.

More than 400 Virginia Department of Transportation crewmembers have begun 12-hour shifts monitoring roadways in Northern Virginia. Our county police are monitoring roadways, as well.

turn around don't drownAs conditions in Northern Virginia will deteriorate throughout the day, drivers are asked to make every effort to be off the road. Please, get where you need to be before the weather gets bad (and plan to stay awhile!). Make every effort to be off the road during heavy rains and tropical-storm force winds.

If you are driving and encounter flooded roadways, “turn around, don’t drown.” Water may be much deeper than you think.

If you encounter traffic lights without power, drivers are reminded to obey four-way stop rules at intersections without power.

  • Treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way.
  • Proceed with caution only when traffic permits.
  • Enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Watch out for and obey police officers directing traffic within intersections.

High water on roads in flood-prone areas, traffic signal outages, and road closures due to debris, downed trees and power lines are expected over the next several days.

VDOT reminds drivers:

  • Slow down on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Ensure vehicles have adequate fuel to complete trips during power outages.

We will post road closure updates here on this blog as we receive them. You can also get the latest road conditions at or by downloading the 511 mobile app.

View the entire list of roads closed due to the storm, sortable by county, at

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4 responses to “Traffic Updates for Hurricane Sandy”

  1. cgradison says :

    I thank Fairfax County for these email updates. Bravo to the trash haulers for braving this storm to pick up the trash.

  2. Anonymous says :

    Hi, It’s Monday morning and winds are 35 mph. Because CEAN’s role is to provide advice and alternatives, where can my family go if we have to leave our house? Any Emergency Shelters in Fairfax County? Any advice?
    Thanks for all you do.

    • fairfaxcounty says :

      Shelters have not been established in Fairfax County yet. Keep monitoring the blog or stay tuned to CEAN, radio and other sources for updated information.

  3. Jennifer says :

    For all of our DOT workers out there monitoring the roads, Staybridge Suites – Chantlily would like to extend open arms as a nice, warm, and dry stop off for a cup of hot coffee any time as you are out there braving the storm, and responding to our community! Also, please feel free to stop in during breakfast hours (6:30 am until 9:30 am) and grab a bite to eat in between calls!