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Jan. 15, 2018

Drivers should monitor forecast and expect possible snow covered roads on Tuesday afternoon

SALEM – With winter weather anticipated to impact portions of western Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is advising drivers to plan ahead for travel as they may face slick, snow-covered roads, particularly during the afternoon commute on Tuesday, January 16.

VDOT is pretreating the interstates and major roads ahead of this storm with a salt and water solution called brine which will help equipment operators to remove snow more easily.

VDOT strongly urges drivers to monitor weather forecasts and adjust travel if possible around periods of snowfall, particularly early in the storm when roads can become snow covered and slick.

The interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are VDOT’s top priority for snow removal during a weather event.   As long as the snow continues to fall, snowplow operators will be making multiple passes over these main routes and not working on low-volume secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets.

Travelers can get real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the website and phone system, which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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