Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 12, 2014
SALEM DISTRICT: SNOW STILL FALLING IN WESTERN VIRGINIA CREATING DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS
Drivers reminded to stay off roads if at all possible
SALEM – Snow continues to fall blanketing roads and creating difficult driving conditions across western Virginia.
VDOT contractors and equipment operators have been actively engaged in plowing and treating the interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) since this afternoon. As snow continues to fall, these routes are being covered again with snow.
Crews will keep working on the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) overnight and into the morning as long as the precipitation continues. The major roads are the first priority for VDOT in any winter weather event.
Secondary roads (those number 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are covered with inches of snow and have not been plowed or treated at this time. Secondary roads are in severe condition, which means they are covered with significant amounts of snow or ice.
The latest road conditions are available by calling 511 or visiting www.511virginia.org Citizens can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
VDOT equipment operators are mobilized and working 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke. VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.
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