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VDOT: Crews in Southwest Va. ready for snow

BRISTOL (NEWS RELEASE) - With the potential for snow in the region this evening, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are poised and ready for snow removal activities.

Crews will be out working in 12-hour shirts, 24-hours-a-day, to clear roads throughout this winter weather event.

VDOT advises motorists to be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions, asking motorists to be aware of the conditions before traveling and postpone unnecessary travel.

Drivers should:

  • Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511
  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind vehicles and snowplows

VDOT's goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities.

Secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit the commonwealth, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.

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