Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 25, 2010
SNOW CREATES SLICK ROADS THROUGHOUT SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
SALEM – With snow falling in the Roanoke and New River valleys this morning, drivers should watch for slick roads throughout the region. As of 8 a.m., snow is still falling and covering roads. Drivers are advised to drive with caution and expect changing road conditions.
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, 220, 221, 114, and 8.
Once the snow stops and the major roads are clear, operators will plow secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above). Secondary roads throughout the region are snow covered and slick this morning.
• 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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