Jason Bond 540-387-5493
March 16, 2014
SALEM DISTRICT: EXPECT SLICK ROADS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW AS RAIN FORECASTED TO CHANGE TO SLEET OR SNOW
VDOT prepared for more winter weather
SALEM – Despite spring-like weekend weather, the Virginia Department of Transportation is getting ready once again to respond to an anticipated winter storm in western Virginia. VDOT has prepared equipment and alerted employees and contractors to be ready to mobilize.
VDOT will not be pre-treating roads with brine ahead of this storm because the weather event is expected to start out as rain before transitioning to freezing rain or sleet and then snow. With rain forecasted ahead of frozen precipitation, the brine would wash off roads and not be effective.
As the winter weather transitions from rain to frozen precipitation, roads are likely to become icy and snow covered. Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and expect changing road conditions. VDOT provides road condition information which is available by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
As with any winter weather event, snow plow operators will concentrate their initial efforts on the interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) before plowing or treating neighborhood streets or secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above). Crews will continue to work on the main routes until the precipitation stops and these roads are plowed or treated.
If travel is necessary, drivers should use extreme caution and follow these winter driving tips:
• When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
• Allow extra time for travel.
• Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – be sure to completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
• Wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
To reported downed trees or other road maintenance issues on state-maintained roadways, Virginians can contact VDOT’s customer service center at 1-800-367-7623.