Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 17, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: SUNSHINE IMPROVES CONDITIONS ON MAIN ROUTES
Crews working on secondary roads but drivers should still expect frozen, snow-packed roads
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow plow operators and contractors in western Virginia continuing to plow and treat roads in western Virginia.
Drivers will find the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in minor condition, meaning they are mostly clear with slick spots. On these main 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.
VDOT is making progress on plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above). However, citizens should be aware of the following:
- VDOT crews and contractors will plow as many of the secondary roads as they can today, but it is likely that work will continue on these roads, particularly in the Roanoke Valley, into this evening and overnight. Crews focus on the secondary roads with the highest traffic volumes first and work into the subdivisions and onto neighborhood streets and those routes with lower traffic volumes.
- Even when secondary roads and neighborhood streets will be plowed, a frozen layer of packed down snow and ice will likely remain on many of these roads because of cold temperatures. Drivers should not expect clear pavement until temperatures rise.
VDOT equipment operators will continue to be working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow and treat roads. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours of the end of a storm.
Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions and traffic incidents on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system. To report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623). Citizens should call 911 to report emergencies.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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