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Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jason.Bond@vdot.virginia.gov
540-580-3124
SALEM 107-7

Dec. 19, 2009



INTERSTATES AND MAJOR ROADS REMAIN THE PRIORITY OVERNIGHT FOR VDOT IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Lower temperatures will keep VDOT’s attention on the major roads

SALEM – Snowplow drivers with the Virginia Department of Transportation will continue working this evening, overnight and into tomorrow to plow and treat roads throughout southwestern Virginia.  With about a foot and a half of snow accumulated throughout the region, there is plenty of work ahead tonight and tomorrow.  

Although snow removal crews have made some progress on the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and interstates today, there will be challenges overnight to keep these roads passable.  Lower temperatures, additional snow showers, possible high winds and drifting snow will keep VDOT’s efforts focused on the interstates and main roads overnight and into the early morning hours on Sunday.

The majority of secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets have not been plowed in counties in southwestern Virginia.  Crews did manage to get to some of the higher volume primary roads in a few areas, but most secondary roads remain in severe condition, meaning they are still covered in several inches of snow or ice.  VDOT does not expect to make much progress on these roads overnight as low temperatures will keep snowplows on the major roads and interstates to treat any icing that may occur.

During any winter weather event, VDOT’s first priority is keeping the primary roads plowed and treated before sending crews to plow secondary roads and neighborhood streets.  VDOT hopes to plow secondary roads on Sunday, but that will depend on the progress made on the primary roads and interstates and the weather conditions.   

VDOT encourages motorists to avoid travel if at all possible.  Drivers should call 911 to report emergencies.

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.

NOTE:  This will be the final road conditions release from VDOT’s Salem District for this winter event for today, Saturday, Dec. 19.  

 

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