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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/25/2012

VDOT launches Web tool to show status of snow plowing

Traffic was jammed for hours on Baron Cameron Avenue in Reston — and elsewhere in the region — as snow fell Jan. 26, 2011. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched an online pilot program that may come in useful the next time the snow flies.

The Web tool, available at, is intended to show residents in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties — areas where VDOT is responsible for the roads — the status of snow plowing in those communities.

Officials said the site will activate once at least two inches fall.

According to VDOT, once users enter an address color codes show the status in the area, with green meaning a neighborhood has been plowed; yellow indicating plowing in progress; and blue showing for neighborhoods where plowing hasn’t started. Gray is used for areas where other government entities maintain the roads.

“This is a test run so we will welcome feedback from the public,’ Northern Virginia VDOT Assistant District Administrator Branco Vlacich said in a statement. “We will make adjustments as needed to make it as user-friendly and helpful as possible.”

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