Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 26, 2010
MOTORISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DELAY TRAVEL UNTIL ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE
Roads in southwest Virginia covered in snow with winter weather continuing
SALEM – Snow plow operators with the Virginia Department of Transportation have continued to work to plow and treat the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and contractors have been working on the interstates all night. These major roads are the first priority in any winter weather event as snow continues to fall. With winter weather continuing last night and into day, these roads are constantly being plowed and then covered again..
Drivers are encouraged to delay trips today if at all possible until the winter weather stops and snow plow operators can make more progress on roads. For the latest road conditions, motorists can dial 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
As of 4 a.m., road conditions in VDOT 12-county Salem District are as follows:
Interstates 77, 81 and 581 all are in moderate which means they are covered in snow.
Bedford County - All primary roads such as routes 24, 43, 221, 460 and 501 are in moderate condition
Botetourt County- All primary roads such as routes 11, 43, 220 and 460 are in moderate condition.
Carroll County – All primary roads such as routes such as 58, 100 and 221 are in moderate condition.
Craig County- All primary roads such as routes 18, 42 and 311 are in moderate condition.
Floyd County - All primary roads such as Route 8 and Route 221 are in moderate condition.
Franklin County - All primary roads such as routes 40, 116, 122 and 220 are in moderate condition.
Giles County - All primary roads such as routes 42, 61, 100, 219 and 460 are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear except for isolated slick spots.
Henry County- All primary roads such as route 57, 58, 87, 108, 174 and 220 are in moderate condition.
Montgomery County- Route 460 is snow covered. Other primary roads such as routes 8, 11, and 114 are in minor condition.
Patrick County – All primary roads such as routes 8, 40, 58 and 103 are in moderate condition.
Pulaski County – All primary roads such as routes 11, 99 and 100 are in minor condition.
Roanoke County – All primary roads such as routes 11, 220, 221, and 460 are in moderate condition.
All secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are in moderate to severe condition this morning with several inches of snow accumulated on the road surfaces.
As long as snow continues to fall the major roads and interstates will be VDOT’s top priority and crews will continue on these roads plowing them as the snow falls. Once the snow stops and these major roads are clear, VDOT then plows secondary roads and neighborhood streets
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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.