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Campus winter weather traffic and parking emergency procedures

From: Office of the Vice President for 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)
  • Spring Road: between Washington Street and Southgate Drive.
  • Alumni Mall inbound lane only (the outbound lane will remain unaffected)

A map of the Blacksburg campus is posted at the Parking Services website.

Resident Students:

By midnight on the day the snow and ice traffic emergency is declared, 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:

We must have as many vehicles as possible out of the lots for plowing snow. This will allow us to make the lots 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 or if you have any questions, please call Parking Services at 540-231-3200 or visit or contact Facilities Customer Service at 540-231-4300 or visit  

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

Blacksburg Transit:

During a snow and ice traffic emergency, the following routes will be changed to avoid steep grades or sharp turns:

  • Main Street
  • Harding Avenue
  • CRC/Hospital (route only operates during reduced service levels)

Once snow routes have been initiated, notifications are immediately posted on the bus’s destination sign, the Blacksburg Transit website, and the Blacksburg Alert Service. Snow routes continue to operate until all routes and major bus stops have been cleared and inspected.

Several stops may be closed due to the snow routes; please consult the Blacksburg Transit website to find out if these deviations and closures affect your stop.

Christiansburg Service and Inclement Weather

The service in Christiansburg may be affected differently than Blacksburg service depending on the weather.  It may be possible that Blacksburg service continue un-interrupted, while Christiansburg service may be reduced, or vice-versa. 

Information will be posted on the BT website and on the Town of Christiansburg website.  If you have questions concerning any routes and or service, please call us at 540-961-1185 or visit

Smart Way Bus:

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