Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 16, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: WESTERN VIRGINIA ROADS ARE SNOW COVERED
Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel tonight and overnight
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow removal crews in western Virginia are actively engaged in plowing and treating roads. Falling snow combined with cold temperatures is creating slick roads and difficult driving conditions.
Road conditions are expected to worsen this evening and overnight as additional snow is forecasted, so motorists are strongly urged to avoid travel.
VDOT crews and contractors are continuing to focus their snow-removal efforts first on the interstate and primary highways, but snow continues to fall and cover these routes again. All roads in the 12-county Salem District are covered in snow and ice.
Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are expected to remain covered with several inches of snow or ice this evening and overnight as crews continue to work on the main roads. Once the snow stops and the main roads are plowed and treated, crews will move to the secondary roads and finally into neighborhoods to clear subdivision streets.
VDOT equipment operators will be working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow and treat roads.
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.