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Safety patrol to aid drivers in distress

(Courtesy MWAA)

The regional airports authority recently started a safety patrol to help drivers who run into problems on the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway.

The free service offers the following help, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority:

-- Fixing flats
-- Jump-starting batteries
-- Providing emergency gas
-- Removing disabled vehicles from travel lanes
-- Assisting with traffic control

People who need help may dial #77 on their mobile phones.

The free service is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By Michael Bolden  | July 12, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  Airports, Highways, Northern Virginia  
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I thought #77 was for State Police in VA (and many other states as well...)

Posted by: yell53 | July 12, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

My Co-worker and I were rescued by this service when the tire blew out. It was on the Dulles VA turnpike a couple of weeks ago. I don't think we waited more than ten minutes for help, and the gentleman had us on our way in less than 30 minutes. It was the least traumatic bit of car trouble I've every experienced.

Many, many thanks for this service!!!

Posted by: Raiche58 | July 12, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse


You are right. However, calls placed from the Dulles Toll Road or the Dulles Airport Access Highway from drivers seeking assistance will be routed to the service patrol, according to the airports authority.

Michael Bolden
Development &
Transportation Editor

Posted by: Michael Bolden | July 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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