VDOT News - Salem


IMMEDIATE - 4:30 a.m.

Jason Bond 540-387-5493

SAL 66

Feb. 20, 2019

Consider postponing trips until precipitation stops and road conditions improve

SALEM (4:30 a.m.) – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and interstate contractors are deployed in western Virginia and working in 12-hour shifts, around the clock, to plow and treat roads as the winter storm continues.

 As long as the precipitation continues to fall, VDOT crews and contractors will focus their efforts on roads that carry the most traffic and will make repeated passes over the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599).

This morning, interstates, primary routes and neighborhood streets in western Virginia are covered with a layer of snow or ice. Treated or plowed main roads will cover again with additional accumulation as the storm continues. 

Drivers and residents should consider postponing travel. As snow continues to fall in many areas and transition to sleet and freezing rain, plowed roads are covering again. Road conditions will improve once precipitation stops and operators make more progress. 

For those who must drive, keep in mind the following:

    • Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle’s roof, hood and trunk and especially from the windows, mirrors and lights.
    • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
    • Do not make sudden stops or quick maneuvers.
    • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
    • Don't pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.

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.  Follow us on Facebook on our VDOT page, and VDOT Salem District group page.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or online at www.virginiadot.org.

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Page last modified: Feb. 20, 2019