Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Feb. 14, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: DRIVERS ENCOURAGED TO AVOID TRAVEL AS COLD TEMPERATURES AND SNOW WILL BRING SLICK ROADS
SALEM – A winter storm is expected to bring snow, freezing rain or ice to western Virginia starting Sunday, Feb. 14 and continuing into Tuesday, Feb. 16. Crews and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation are mobilizing to plow and treat roads in 12-hour shifts.
Crews have pre-treated some major roads and interstates with a mixture of brine and liquid calcium chloride ahead of the storm. This will help prevent ice from bonding to the pavement and assist crews with snow and ice removal but will not prevent roads from becoming snow covered or icy.
Cold temperatures before and during this storm will cause road conditions to change rapidly. VDOT crews will be using liquid calcium chloride to pre-wet salt during this weather event to help improve its melting during low temperatures.
Crews will not plow or treat low-volume secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets until the snow stops and the interstates and main roads are plowed and treated. Cold pavement and low overnight temperatures are expected to cause snow or ice to freeze and bond to secondary roads routes and create difficult driving conditions.
VDOT suggests that motorists adjust travel plans to avoid driving during the height of the storm and consider delaying trips until later in the week when warmer temperatures will help improve road conditions.
For the latest road conditions, go to 511Virginia.org and visit the map for major roads and the “Text Views” tab for the latest information on secondary roads. To report road hazards or ask questions about road issues, call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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