SALEM – Drivers should use caution and be alert to changing road conditions as snow showers move through portions of western Virginia throughout the day. Equipment operators and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District are prepared to respond as necessary.
When snow begins, snow plow drivers will work first on the interstate and primary routes (those numbered 1-599) and continue to focus on these routes until conditions improve. Once the precipitation stops and these major roads are plowed and treated, VDOT begins to work on neighborhood streets and secondary roads, those numbered 600 and above.
Extremely cold temperatures are forecasted which could cause refreezing after roads are plowed.
For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.