Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
Feb. 10, 2010
DRIVERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR HIGH WINDS AND ICY CONDITIONS
Blowing snow may impact visibility
SALEM – 4:15 a.m.- High winds and icy conditions are making travel hazardous across much of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District Wednesday morning. Most roads in the Roanoke and New River valleys are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. However, high winds and blowing snow may make driving challenging. In addition, low temperatures have caused any moisture on the roadway to refreeze overnight. Drivers should be alert for icy spots.
Crews have worked throughout the night and are continuing to treat area roads with chemicals and abrasives. Motorists are advised to delay travel if possible. If drivers must travel, they should use caution. Motorists should be especially careful on bridges and overpasses or in shady spots.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke. VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.