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January 21, 2015

Ms. Helen L. Cuervo, P.E. Northern Virginia Transportation District Virginia Department of Transportation 4975 Alliance Drive Fairfax, VA 22030

Re: Road Conditions on January 20, 2015

Dear Ms. Cuervo:

As I am sure you are aware, the weather situation on January 20, 2015 created completely unacceptable traffic conditions.

Last night, I received numerous phone calls, text messages, emails, and twitter messages from constituents whose commutes went from thirty minutes to six hours. One constituent called me when she finally got home at 1:00 a.m. after spending four hours on U.S. 1 between Beacon Hill and Hybla Valley. This experience raises serious concerns about the Department’s readiness and responsiveness.

While I understand that the weather was a surprise, after speaking with the Fairfax County Police last night, it was apparent that the Department was repeatedly notified of dangerous road conditions on U.S. 1 in Hybla Valley, police were required to take control of traffic for hours due to the dangerous conditions, but other roads seem to have been were prioritized.

While the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County might be geographically isolated from the central part of Northern Virginia, it is home to over 100,000 people and there are limited options to move within and drive out of the Mt. Vernon area – U.S. 1 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway are pretty much the only means out North or South and it is mystifying to me why they were not priorities for the Department in this situation.

Therefore, please get back to me regarding the following:

(1)

When did the Department become aware that a major traffic/weather event was

(2)

occurring and why was it not aware sooner? Why was the Department unable to treat any part of U.S. 1 until after 1:00 a.m.

(3)

on January 21, 2015? What is the Department’s process for prioritizing roads in these situations in

(4)

Northern Virginia? Why was the Department unable to respond to the Fairfax County Police’s request for emergency assistance in light of the dangerous conditions on U.S. 1?

Thank you in advance for your response and please let me know if you require any further information.

cc:

Delegate Paul Krizek Chairman Sharon Bulova Supervisor Dan Storck Supervisor Jeff McKay

Very Truly Yours,

Therefore, please get back to me regarding the following: (1) When did the Department become aware

Senator Scott A. Surovell 36th District