Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 16, 2010
VDOT WILL CONTINUE PLOWING OVERNIGHT IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Focus is on secondary roads as long as major roads do not require attention due to refreezing
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation crews in the 12-county Salem District Crews plan to make as much progress on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) subdivision routes and neighborhood streets in southwestern Virginia as possible overnight, but may return to the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) to treat refreezing and icing if necessary.
Lower temperatures have caused compacted ice and snow to bond to the surface of secondary roads. Even if a snowplow has pushed these roads, motorists are advised that a layer of ice and frozen snow will remain on most of these roadways, so they should use caution. Low temperatures and compacted ice and snow have made for very slow progress on secondary roads.
Drivers will find the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) are in minor condition, meaning they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Most primary roads also are in minor condition with slushy spots. On these major routes, motorists should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shaded areas as there still may be slick spots. Wet roads could refreeze overnight depending on how low temperatures fall.
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. For emergencies, dial 911.
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