Jason Bond 540-387-5493

SAL 136

Feb. 17, 2015

Drivers are encouraged to delay travel until road conditions improve

SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow plow operators and contractors in western Virginia have worked overnight continuing to plow and treat the interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in western Virginia.  These main roads are VDOT’s first priority in any winter weather event and crews will focus on them as long as the snow continues to fall.

All roads in western Virginia are considered to be in moderate to severe condition, meaning they are covered in snow or ice covered.  Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets have not been plowed so they are covered in significant snow and ice.

Overnight, snow mixed with sleet in some areas covering previously plowed main roads.   Snow is still falling this morning and snow plow drivers will continue working on the interstates and main roads.  Crews will not plow secondary roads and neighborhood streets until the snow stops and the main roads have been plowed and treated.

Motorists are encouraged to delay travel until road conditions can improve. VDOT equipment operators will continue to be working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow and treat roads.  VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the end of a storm.

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 website and phone system.

To report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).  Citizens should call 911 to report emergencies.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.

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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