Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
Feb. 1, 2010
VDOT URGES CAUTION AS ROADS REFROZE OVERNIGHT
Secondary roads remain in moderate condition
SALEM – 4 a.m.- Motorists area advised to be cautious and watch for isolated slick spots on interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) where refreezing has occurred overnight. Drivers should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, ramps and cooler areas on these major roads.
Interstates are clear, but motorists should use caution entering and exiting the interstate, as ramps are likely to be icy in spots. Primary roads are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
Secondary routes, neighborhood streets and subdivision roads throughout the region remain in moderate condition, which means they are mostly covered with ice and frozen snow compacted on these roadways.
Operators treated roads and monitored conditions overnight, but low temperatures caused moisture on the road to refreeze. Motorists should be extra cautious this morning and watch for icy spots, even if the roadway appears to be clear.
Tips for drivers include:
• 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 your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For emergencies, dial 911.
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