VDOT bracing for possible winter storm

January 20, 2014

SALEM – Drivers should be alert to the possibility to a winter storm that could create snow-covered or icy road conditions on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

With several inches of snow in the forecast for areas in southwest Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation started pre-treating roads today with brine to help with snow removal operations. Applying brine as a pretreatment will continue into the afternoon and evening.

VDOT equipment operators and contractors will be mobilized tonight to begin plowing and treating roads as the storm begins. During a winter weather event, snow plow drivers concentrate their initial efforts on the primary roads, those numbered 1-599. Once the precipitation stops and these major roads are plowed and treated, VDOT begins to work on the secondary roads, those numbered 600 and above. Up-to-date road condition information is available by calling 511 or visiting Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel during winter weather if possible.

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