Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Jan. 23, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: DRIVERS ENCOURAGED TO AVOID TRAVEL THROUGH SUNDAY AS PLOWING CONTINUES
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation crews remain fully deployed working around the clock in 12-hour shifts and will continue to monitor and plow roads overnight in southwestern Virginia. Additional snow falling today and drifting snow due to high winds tonight has required us to return to plowing our interstates and primary routes, but we have made progress and these roads are currently in minor condition.
While drivers may see black pavement on primary roads and the interstates, it does not mean the road is completely clear as ice may still be present, especially as the temperatures drop overnight. Ramps on the interstates may still have patches of ice or be snow-covered.
Currently, secondary roads across the district are generally snow-covered. Our goal is to have all (primary and other routes) passable within 48 hours after the storm comes to a complete end. Passable does not mean that there will necessarily be bare pavement. Due to the heavy snowfall, most roads will require multiple passes by the plows, especially on our secondary roads and those in higher elevations, so drivers will need to be patient as we continue to move snow over the next few days.
We appreciate people staying home and off the roads as it has helped us tremendously as we battle this storm. We ask drivers to please continue to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. The snow, cold temperatures and drifting snow will make driving conditions dangerous throughout Saturday and into Sunday and travel is not encouraged.
To report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623). Use 911 only for emergencies.
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