Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Jan. 25, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: RE-FREEZING OVERNIGHT MAY CAUSE DELAYS DURING MORNING COMMUTE
SALEM –Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors continue to plow and treat roads throughout the district. They will be monitoring and addressing road conditions overnight as dropping temperatures create the potential for re-freezing on roadways.
Drivers are encouraged to allow for extra travel time on their morning commute tomorrow and to watch for isolated slick spots on bridges and ramps on Interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599).
Drivers should expect secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets and subdivisions to be snow-packed and ice-covered and to watch for slick spots, especially in areas that are mostly in the shade during the day.
Snow removal and cleanup continues and will be very extensive due to the volume of snow that has to be removed. As crews work aggressively to clear secondary roads and subdivision streets, VDOT is sharing the following information with residents:
• In subdivisions, crews focus on the most heavily traveled streets first. Cul-de-sacs are usually plowed last.
• Residents should expect that snow plows will block driveways. With major storms, this is an unintended consequence of making the roads passable as quickly as possible. VDOT is not able to remove snow from driveways.
• VDOT’s Customer Service Center I-800-367-7623 is experiencing extraordinary high call volumes and is working to resolve these technical difficulties.
Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions and traffic incidents on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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