Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 20, 2009
LOW TEMPERATURES CREATE ICY ROADS
VDOT plans to focus on secondary roads today if conditions allow
SALEM – Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have worked overnight night to address icy conditions and refreezing roads on the interstates and primary roads throughout southwestern Virginia. After yesterday’s snowfall of about a foot and a half, all primary roads and interstates have been plowed and treated, but they required attention overnight.
Very little progress has been made on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) or the neighborhood streets. Most of these routes have not been plowed, and the few that have been still have ice and compacted snow bonded to the road surface. All secondary roads in southwestern Virginia remain in moderate to severe condition, which means they are still covered in a layer of snow and ice.
If conditions allow, VDOT plans to plow as many secondary roads today as possible. However, if snow begins to drift or conditions worsen on the major roads, snowplow drivers will turn their attention back to these routes.
Be alert to the following conditions as of 7 a.m.:
Interstate 81 in Botetourt and Roanoke counties is in minor condition, except moderate conditions reported on northbound I-81 between mile marker 168 and the Rockbridge County and on southbound I-81 between 162 and 155. I-81 remains blocked in Rockbridge County line causing about 20-mile back up into northern Botetourt County.
Interstate 581 in Roanoke is minor condition which means the road is mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Interstate 77 in Carroll County is in minor condition.
Primary and secondary roads
In Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig counties, all primary roads such as routes 220, 221, 311 and 419, are in minor to moderate condition with frozen snow on many of these the roadways. Very few secondary roads have been plowed, so these roads remain in moderate to severe condition.
In Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles counties, primary roads such as routes 8, 11, 114, and 460 are in minor condition with isolated slick. Some secondary roads have been plowed, but most of these roads remain in moderate to severe condition.
In Carroll and Floyd counties, primary roads such as Route 58 and Route 221 are in minor condition. Winds and drifting snow are reported on some primary roads. Secondary roads are in moderate to severe condition.
In Patrick and Henry counties, primary roads such as Route 220 and Route 58 are in minor condition with isolated slick spots. Secondary roads are in severe condition.
In Franklin County, primary roads such as routes 40, 116, 122, and 220 are in minor condition. Some high volume secondary roads are in moderate condition. Most secondary roads are severe.
In Bedford County, primary roads such as route 460, 221, 122, 43 and 24 are in minor to moderate condition. Some high volume secondary roads are in moderate condition. Most secondary roads are severe.
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 511virginia.org.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway, road partially blocked or drifting snow
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush
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