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SAL 145

March 2, 2014

Drivers encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and plan ahead

SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District is gearing up again to respond to anticipated winter weather 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 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.

As the winter weather transitions from rain to frozen precipitation, roads are likely to become icy and snow covered.  Motorists are advised to expect changing road conditions and are encouraged to delay travel if possible.  VDOT provides road condition information which is available by calling 511 or visiting  It is always a good idea to “Know Before You Go!”

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 on state-maintained roadways, Virginians can contact VDOT’s customer service center at 1-800-367-7623.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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