Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 5, 2010
ROAD CONDITIONS VARY IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA; MOST ROADS REMAIN SNOW COVERED
VDOT encourages motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary
SALEM – With several inches of snow and wintry mix accumulating in southwestern Virginia today, the Virginia Department of Transportation continues to plow and treat roads in 12-hour shifts. VDOT recommends that drivers do not travel this evening or tonight unless it is absolutely necessary.
As with any winter weather event, snow plow drivers have focused their initial efforts on the major roads (those numbered 1-599) throughout the day. With precipitation continuing to fall, most of these roads remain in moderate condition. Moderate condition means that the major roads have been plowed, but they are still snow covered and slick. Tonight, the focus will remain on these primary roads as precipitation is expected to continue.
At this time, the vast majority of secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets and subdivision routes have not been plowed at all. This means these roads are in severe condition with significant snow and ice covering them. Be alert to the following conditions as of 5 p.m. today:
Interstate 581 in Roanoke and Interstate 81 in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Pulaski counties is in minor condition which means mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Interstate 77 in Carroll County is currently in minor condition with isolated slick spots.
Primary and secondary roads
In Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig counties, all primary roads such as routes 220, 221, 311, 419, and 460, are in moderate condition with snow and ice on the roadways. Most secondary roads have not been plowed at all. Traffic on Route 220 in Roanoke County has been delayed throughout the day due to tractor-trailers being stuck, and snow plows have had difficulty working on Route 220.
In Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles counties, primary roads such as routes 8, 11, 100, 114, 460 are to moderate condition with snow and ice on roadways. Most secondary roads have not been plowed at all.
In Carroll and Floyd counties, primary roads such as Route 58 and Route 221 are in moderate condition. Roads have been plowed but remain icy with frozen moisture. Most secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Patrick and Henry counties, primary roads such as Route 220 and Route 58 are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Crews have made progress as snow has changed to rain. Plowing has started on some secondary roads. There are reports of down trees in these two counties.
In Bedford County, primary roads such as route 460, 221, 122, 43 and 24 are in moderate condition meaning they are snow covered. Most secondary roads have not been plowed and remain in severe condition.
In Franklin County, primary roads such as Route 220, Route 40 and Route 122 are in moderate condition. Most secondary roads have not been plowed and remained snow covered. Traffic on Route 220 has been delayed throughout the day due to tractor-trailers being stuck, and snow plows have had difficulty working on Route 220.
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 www.511Virginia.org.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway, road partially blocked or drifting snow
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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