Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 7, 2010
VDOT CAUTIONS DRIVERS TO WATCH FOR ICY ROADS OVERNIGHT IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation has worked throughout the day to plow roads. Drivers are reminded that moisture on roads may refreeze overnight, so they should use caution, particularly in cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shaded areas. The current conditions at 5 p.m. for VDOT’s Salem District are as follows:
Interstates and Primary Roads
All interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) such as routes 8, 11, 100, 114, 116, 220, 221, 311, 419, and 460 are clear. Crews will be monitoring these roads in case of refreezing. In addition, mobile lane closures may be in place on I-81 and I-77 overnight in the Roanoke and New River valleys due to pothole patching operations.
Snow plow drivers have made significant progress on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) throughout southwestern Virginia. Operators have worked on neighborhood roads, secondary routes and subdivision streets all day.
Drivers are reminded that many of these roads will not have bare pavement, as an icy glaze or frozen packed down snow will remain, especially in higher elevations and cooler areas. Cold temperatures overnight will cause roads to refreeze, so drivers should expect icy conditions.
In addition, motorists also are cautioned to watch for downed trees along roadways. Crews have been removing trees that blocked roads throughout the day, especially in Carroll, Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties. In most areas, the trees are still laying along road shoulders.
For the latest road conditions and incident reports, dial 511 or visit the Web site at www.511Virginia.org.
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