Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 24, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: CREWS CONTINUE WORKING TO PLOW ROADS
Overnight drifting snow posed challenge in many areas
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors worked last night and will continue working today to plow roads in southwestern Virginia.
Weather conditions created difficult conditions overnight as additional snowfall yesterday afternoon, nighttime refreezing and drifting snow required equipment operators to make more passes over previously plowed interstates and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in many areas.
Throughout southwestern Virginia, the majority of secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are snow covered and in moderate to severe condition. Equipment operators will continue to work on these routes with the goal of making at least one pass as soon as possible, but motorists are cautioned not to expect bare pavement on these routes as it will take time and multiple passes for conditions to improve due to the heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
VDOT crews are on duty around the clock, with a goal to have all state-maintained roads passable — though in some cases, still snow-covered — within 48 hours after a storm ends.