SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors are deployed in western Virginia and working in 12-hour shifts, around the clock, to plow and treat roads. The winter storm is expected to continue throughout the day, so VDOT is advising that motorists avoid travel.
This morning, all roads – including interstates, primary routes, secondary roads and neighborhood streets – in western Virginia are covered with a layer of snow as plowed roads cover again by additional snowfall.
As long as the snow continues to fall, VDOT crews and contractors will continue to focus their efforts on roads that carry the most traffic and are making repeated passes over the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599).
Drivers and residents should
- Avoid travel. As snow has continued to fall overnight and into the morning, plowed roads are covering again with snow. Road conditions will improve once snow stops and operators make more progress.
- Park off the road to allow plows to clear the road ahead. Avoid parking in the street or in cul-de-sacs to make it easier for snowplow drivers when plows head to your neighborhood.
- Shovel to the right when facing the road so less snow is plowed back into driveways when plows pass.
The latest road condition information is available by dialing 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.