SALEM – With snow forecasted for tomorrow in western Virginia, crews and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation are preparing equipment and chemicals to be ready to respond.
VDOT encourages drivers to monitor weather forecasts and plan travel around the upcoming event. The expected winter storm has the potential to impact the morning commute on Monday and affect travel throughout the day. With cold pavement temperatures, roads could become slick and snow covered very quickly.
During a winter weather event, drivers are reminded that VDOT crews and contractors work on the interstates and primary roads first. Until the snow stops and these main roads are plowed and treated, equipment operators will not plow secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets.
Salem District crews do not anticipate pre-treating roads with brine ahead of this storm because temperatures are expected to remain too low to permit brining. Crews will monitor conditions and only brine if conditions warrant.
Travelers are reminded that they 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 www.511Virginia.org website and phone system, which can help motorists plan their routes accordingly.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.