Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 21, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: MOTORISTS URGED TO AVOID TRAVEL DURING UPCOMING WEATHER EVENT
SALEM – With a significant winter weather event anticipated to impact portions of southwestern Virginia in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 22, through the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 23, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to avoid travel during this storm. Snow is expected to fall heavily at times and create hazardous driving conditions.
On Thursday, Salem District crews will be pre-treating roads with brine ahead of this storm. VDOT snow plow operators and contractors will be monitoring road conditions and working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow roads.
Drivers should be aware of the following:
• As long as snow continues to fall, snowplow operators will be making passes over the interstates, primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and high-volume secondary routes and will not proceed to low-volume secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets. The major routes are VDOT’s top priority for snow removal during a weather event.
• Windy conditions are forecasted during and after this storm. Snow could be heavy at times limiting driver visibility and drifting could cover previously plowed roadways. Gusty winds may down trees or utility lines and road debris could block roads.
• Drivers are also reminded to park in driveways where possible and not on the street.
• VDOT does not plow snow on private roads or driveways. Residents are encouraged to shovel driveways to the right when facing the roadway to reduce how much snow a plow pushes back into the driveway as it passes.
Real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads is available using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system. For more information on winter travel, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
To report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623). Use 911 only for emergencies.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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