Jen Ward 540-387-5238
March 3, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: VDOT CREWS PREPARING FOR LATE WINTER WEATHER TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
SALEM – With a winter weather event anticipated to impact portions of southwestern Virginia this evening, Thursday, March 3, through tomorrow, Friday, March 4, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors are watching weather forecasts and will be monitoring road conditions to treat or plow roads as necessary.
VDOT is advising motorists to expect possible snow-covered, slick or icy road conditions throughout the region and is encouraging drivers to consider altering their Friday morning commute on March 4. If travel is necessary, VDOT urges drivers to practice the following:
• Monitor weather forecasts and check road conditions before traveling.
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
• Drivers are reminded to park in driveways where possible and not on the street to allow room for snow plows.
Real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads is available using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system. For more information on winter travel, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.