From: Division of Administrative Services                   

As we enter the winter season, snow and icy roads may become an issue. Please review the snow and ice traffic emergency procedures for the Blacksburg campus.

The following procedures and guidelines must be followed when a snow and ice traffic emergency is declared. This designation goes into effect when road conditions deteriorate to the point where road travel is difficult. Generally, this occurs when the road is significantly iced or approximately 3-4 inches of snow has fallen.

Emergency Snow Routes

The roadways listed below are designated Emergency Snow Routes that must remain clear and open for emergency vehicle use. When these conditions exist, all vehicles parked along the road (parallel and diagonal) must be removed from the following five roadways or be towed at owner's expense:

  • Washington Street: between Kent Street and Duck Pond Drive
  • Kent Street: between Washington Street and Drillfield Drive
  • South Drillfield Drive: between Kent Street and West Campus Drive (both sides of the road)
  • Beamer Way: between Washington Street and Southgate Drive.
  • Alumni Mall inbound lane only (the outbound lane will remain unaffected)

Resident Students

By midnight on the day the snow and ice traffic emergency is declared or at the time designated by appropriate university officials, all resident students must have their vehicles parked in the three resident lots (Duck Pond Road Resident Lot (the Cage), Chicken Hill lot, and the Stadium Lot). Resident student vehicles that are parked outside of these areas are subject to ticketing and towing. Resident student vehicles must remain parked in the resident lots until the snow emergency has been lifted.

Faculty, Staff, and Students

As many vehicles as possible must be out of the lots to allow for plowing snow. This allows the lots to be made as safe and convenient as possible during snow and ice conditions. Vehicles should not be abandoned in a normal lane of traffic when road conditions become difficult. Vehicles abandoned in roadways or in hazardous locations in parking lots will be towed at the owner's expense.

University Contact Information

For more information, contact Parking Services at 540-231-3200 or Facilities Customer Service at 540-231-4300. 

The university's weather/emergency hotline can also be used outside of normal business hours at 540-231-6668.

Blacksburg Transit

During inclement or severe weather Blacksburg Transit will make every effort to maintain the normal routes and schedules in both Blacksburg and Christiansburg.  However, delays should be expected and some minor detours and stop closures may be implemented. 

Service may be affected differently in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, depending on the weather and road conditions. In times of particularly severe weather, like a major snow storm, service may be suspended indefinitely. Blacksburg Transit staff will make every effort to assist passengers who may be left without a ride, including Commuter route passengers.

Weather related service changes will be posted on the Blacksburg Transit website and phone system, sent via Blacksburg Alert, and posted on the Town of Blacksburg’s social media accounts.

Contact Blacksburg Transit for information concerning routes and/or service at 540-961-1185.

Smart Way Bus

For information concerning the operation of the Smart Way Bus during inclement weather call 800-388-7005 or visit the Smart Way Bus website.

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