RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ If potholes are any measure, it’s been a hard winter in Virginia. AAA reports that it responded to nearly 9,000 tire-related calls in January and February, up 10 percent from those two months in 2013.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says the snow and cold have created vehicle-jarring potholes on road surfaces around Virginia. In February alone, the auto club fielded nearly 4,000 calls from drivers who blew a tire or reported other damage because of potholes.
AAA advises motorists to slow down so they can detect and avoid potholes.
SALEM, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Transportation says a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is creating slick roads in part of western Virginia. Officials said early Friday that snow plow operators have been responding overnight in affected counties in the department’s Salem district. Crews are currently focusing efforts on primary roads.
The 12-county district includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
VDOT is encouraging drivers to delay travel until the winter weather has passed and crews have had time to treat roads. Real-time road condition information is available at www.511Virginia.org.