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Jan. 8, 2010



DRIVERS SHOULD WATCH FOR SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
Roads in the New River Valley and Roanoke County are in minor to moderate condition

SALEM – Drivers may find slick spots on area roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District this morning, especially in the New River Valley.  Snowplow drivers have monitored conditions and are treating area roads after snow fell in some areas overnight.    

Primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in Giles County are in moderate condition.  Moderate condition means that there is snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.  Primary roads in Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd, Carroll, Craig, Botetourt and Roanoke counties are in minor condition.  Minor condition means that the roads are mostly clear except for some isolated slick spots.  Interstates I-81, I-77 and I-581 are clear.  

Secondary roads (numbered 600 and above) may be snow covered in some areas.  Secondary roads in Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke counties are in moderate condition.  Secondary roads in Carroll, Floyd, Craig and Botetourt counties are in minor condition.

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 and trucks that are plowing the road
•   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.

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
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