Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Feb. 25, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: VDOT PREPARES FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW
SALEM – With snow forecasted tonight and throughout the day tomorrow in western Virginia, crews and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation are pre-treating roads and preparing equipment and chemicals needed to respond to the storm.
Salem District crews will be pre-treating interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) with brine this afternoon ahead of the storm and will begin to mobilize this evening.
VDOT encourages drivers to monitor weather forecasts and plan travel around the upcoming event and avoid unnecessary travel until the storm passes. The expected winter storm has the potential to impact the morning and evening commutes on Thursday and affect travel throughout the day.
During a winter weather event, crews will work on the interstates and primary roads first (those numbered 1-599). When snow is falling, crews will make repeated passes on the interstate and primary roads.
Operators focus on the secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) with the highest traffic volumes first before proceeding to routes with lower traffic volumes such as subdivision roads and neighborhood streets.
Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system, which can help motorists plan their routes accordingly.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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