Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 23, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: CREWS CONTINUE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO PLOW ROADS
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors have continued plowing roads overnight in southwestern Virginia. Snowfall totals in some counties have reached 18 inches and gusting winds have created drifts in some locations.
Overnight, crews continued to plow roads and make multiple passes over the interstates, primary roads and high-volume secondary routes. Heavy snow continued to cover roads overnight.
All roads in the 12-county Salem District are considered are covered in snow, with conditions ranging from moderate to severe. Moderate condition means that a layer of snow or ice covers the roadway and severe means that significant amounts of snow remain on the road surface.
Interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) are in moderate condition. Primary roads (those numbered 1-599) range from moderate to severe condition. Throughout southwestern Virginia, the majority of secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are in severe condition.
Motorists should continue to stay off the roads to avoid dangerous travel conditions.
VDOT continues snow removal operations around the clock in 12-hour shifts.