Friday, December 28, 2012

VDOT prepared for weekend rain and snow showers

By Montgomery Publishing

With a mix of rain and snow showers in the forecast, drivers should be alert to the potential for slick and snow-covered roads beginning overnight and into the morning on Saturday, particularly in the higher elevations.

For the Salem Transportation District, Virginia Department of Transportation crews will spend the day preparing equipment for winter weather and will be fully staffed throughout the weekend to monitor road conditions and respond as needed.

If snow occurs, crews will focus on clearing interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) until the snow stops and those roads are clear. Some examples of primary routes are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40 and 8.

Once the snow stops and the interstates and primary roads are plowed and treated, operators will focus on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above).

Drivers should:

·   Slow down and allow for extra time to reach their destinations
·   Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
·   Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles
·   Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

Drivers are encouraged to check road conditions in their area before they leave home by calling 511 or logging on to 511Virginia.org. If hazardous conditions exist, drivers should stay off the roads.

To report downed trees or hazardous road conditions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

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

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