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SAL 111-7

Dec. 21, 2009



MORNING COMMUTERS WILL FIND INTERSTATES AND MAJOR ROADS MOSTLY CLEAR IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

SALEM – Drivers will find the interstates (I-81, I-77 and I-581) and the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District to be in minor condition this morning.  This means these major roads are clear except for isolated slick spots.   Snowplow drivers have monitored these roads overnight to treat any refreezing or drifting snow that may have occurred. Some examples of primary routes are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40 and 8.  Drivers should be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.

Crews plowed state-maintained secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood roads and subdivision streets yesterday and last evening.  Even though a snowplow has pushed these roads and they are passable, motorists are advised that a layer of ice and frozen snow remains on almost all of these roadways.

Secondary roads are snow covered, very slick and remain in moderate to severe condition.  If drivers must travel on secondary roads, they should exercise extreme caution.  Temperatures will need to rise before conditions on these roads can improve.

Drivers should:

•   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 their destinations
•   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 snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.  VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.

Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway
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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