Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 5, 2010
VDOT CREWS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA WILL WORK OVERNIGHT TO PLOW DRIFTING SNOW
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors in the 12-county Salem District spent the day plowing roads and will continue to work overnight to due windy conditions and drifting snow.
As of 5 p.m., the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581), and all primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in VDOT’s Salem District are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Drivers are advised to watch out for drifting snow on these roads as high winds continue to blow snow over these routes. Snow plow drivers have been plowing drifting snow off many of these roads throughout the day.
Secondary roads and neighborhood streets have been plowed in the region and are in minor condition except for the western counties of Carroll, Floyd, and Montgomery where they remain in moderate condition due to frozen ice and snow that has bonded to the road surface. Conditions will not improve significantly on these routes until temperatures rise and winds subside.
Snow plow drivers will continue to work tonight watching for drifting snow. Roads may become slick and icy overnight as lower temperatures cause refreezing particularly on bridges, ramps, overpasses and cooler spots in higher elevations. Drivers should use caution.
VDOT’s Salem Transportation District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
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