Jason Bond 540-387-5493


Dec. 20, 2009

Motorists warned not to expect bare pavement on secondary routes

SALEM – Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation expect to have all the secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets in the 12-county Salem District plowed by midnight.

Even though a snowplow will have pushed these roads and they will be passable, motorists are advised that a layer of ice and frozen snow will remain on most of these roadways.

Cold temperatures have caused compacted snow to bond tightly to the road surface, so the secondary routes, neighborhood roads and subdivision streets are likely to remain in moderate to severe condition. Temperatures will need to rise before conditions on secondary roads can improve.   

In Salem District, drivers will find the interstates (I-81, I-77 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 599 and below) in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.  Some examples of primary routes are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40 and 8.  Motorists are advised to watch for icy spots on primary roads, particularly in cooler areas such as ramps, bridges and overpasses.

If high winds make snow drifts and low temperatures cause refreezing overnight, then snowplow drivers will return to these major routes to make sure they are plowed and treated.  VDOT crews will remain mobilized tonight.  

The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.

For the latest road conditions and incident reports, dial 511 or visit the Web site at

Road condition definitions:

Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway

Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. 

Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush


NOTE:  This will be the last road condition report from Salem District for Sunday, Dec. 20.



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