Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
March 2, 2009
HEAVY SNOW HAS FALLEN ACROSS SALEM DISTRICT, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DELAY TRAVEL IF POSSIBLE
Road condition updates as of 4 a.m.
SALEM – Heavy snow has fallen across the Roanoke and New River Valleys overnight, creating challenging driving conditions. Most roads in the 12-county Salem District are in moderate to severe condition. High winds are also limiting visibility in some areas. Motorists should delay travel if possible. Here are the road conditions as of 4:00 a.m.:
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions exist in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Pulaski counties.
Interstate 581/Route 220 – Moderate conditions are reported in Roanoke County and City and Henry County. Severe conditions are reported in Franklin County.
Route 460 – Minor conditions are reported on Route 460 in Roanoke County and moderate conditions are reported on Route 460 in Montgomery County. Severe conditions are reported on Route 460 in Bedford County.
Route 419 – Minor conditions are reported on Route 419 in Roanoke County.
In Bedford, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Floyd and Franklin counties, primary and secondary roads are in severe condition.
In Botetourt, Henry, Montgomery, Pulaski, Patrick and Roanoke counties, primary and secondary roads are in moderate condition.
Crews are treating the roads and will focus their attention on interstate and primary routes until those roads are clear. The 12-county VDOT Salem District serves Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke counties.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
Traffic alerts and current road conditions can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-800-578-4111. (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts also are available at www.511Virginia.org.
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