Jason Bond 540-387-5493

SAL 128

Feb. 12, 2014

Drivers encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel until after storm passes

SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking motorists to expect rapidly changing road conditions and to postpone unnecessary travel.  With snow currently falling, all roads throughout western Virginia are becoming snow covered and very slick.

VDOT contractors and equipment operators are actively engaged in plowing and treating the interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599).   Crews will keep working on these routes as long as the precipitation continues.

VDOT asks that drivers avoid or limit travel during the storm tonight and through tomorrow morning. With heavy snow fall continuing, road conditions will be difficult.  Drivers are advised to stay off the roads if at all possible.

The latest road conditions are available by calling 511 or visiting  Citizens can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke. VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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