VDOT, Police Prepare for Snow Storm

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Transportation headquarters office in Staunton has extra employees working Wednesday night into Thursday.

The traffic operations center usually has one operator keep an eye on traffic overnight. Wednesday night, two operators will be at the center.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, primary roads in Shenandoah, Page, Augusta and Rockingham Counties were in moderate conditions.

They also keep in touch with crews that keep our families safe, such as Virginia State Police and emergency responders.

"[They] help them where their points of access are, they can use the cameras for that, being in touch with road crews to make sure that those incidents are cleared up and traffic moving again as quickly as possible," said Ken Slack, the VDOT spokesman for the Staunton District.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Rosseti also keeps in touch with dispatchers.

"If they need salt, if the roads need to be plowed, we are providing the information we see out in the highway," said Rossetti.

He said he would like to see fewer cars on the highway during the storm.

"If you do have to travel out in the highways, use your headlights, slow down your speed, use your seat belt, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition," said Rossetti.

Driver Najwa Tatby will avoid travel if possible. She was one of the many drivers filling up her car Wednesday evening at a Verona gas station.

"I just hope it is not as bad as it is going to be," said Tatby.

VDOT will also have extra safety service patrols on Interstate 81. They help respond to incidents and keep travel lanes clear for drivers and plows.


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