SAL 114-7

Dec. 22, 2009

Secondary roads remain in severe to moderate condition

SALEM – Motorists area advised to be cautious and watch for isolated slick spots on interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) where refreezing has occurred overnight.  Drivers should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, ramps and cooler areas on these major roads.

Secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets and subdivision roads throughout the region remain covered with significant amounts of ice and frozen snow compacted on these roadways.  Even when plowed, they remain in severe to moderate condition.

Today, operators will continue to use heavy equipment such as motor graders, loaders and dozers on secondary roads, but progress continues to be slow as ice and snow are frozen and bonded to the road surface.  In the 12-county Salem District, these roads remain in severe and moderate condition.

Tips for drivers include:
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• 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 snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at  

For emergencies, dial 911.

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