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Dec. 16, 2010



DRIVERS SHOULD BE ALERT TO CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS THURSDAY MORNING

SALEM – Drivers should be alert to changing road conditions in much of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District Thursday morning.  As of 4 a.m., snow is falling across much of southwest Virginia and roads in the Roanoke and New River Valleys are beginning to cover with snow.  Drivers are urged to drive with caution, as road surfaces are below freezing, and snow will lay on the pavement once it falls, creating a slick surface.

Equipment operators are currently out treating roads and pushing snow as it falls.  Crews will focus on clearing interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) until the snow stops and those roads are clear. Some examples of primary routes are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40 and 8.  Drivers should delay travel if possible to give crews time to clear the roads.

Once the snow stops and the interstates and primary roads are clear, operators will clear secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above).   

Drivers should:

•   Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
•   Slow down and allow for extra time to reach their destinations
•   Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
•   Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles
•   Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

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.
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