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Dec. 5, 2010



DRIFTING SNOW AND COLD TEMPERATURES CREATE ICY ROADS
Many plowed secondary roads still covered in frozen slush and ice in the New River Valley

SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors in the 12-county Salem District continue to work on plowing and treating roads in southwestern Virginia.  Drifting snow and cold temperatures are posing challenges for snow removal operations.

The interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and almost all primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in VDOT’s Salem District are currently in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.  However, crews continue to work on these roads in many areas due to drifting snow, so conditions on these routes may change as snow drifts back onto them.  Drivers should use extra caution especially in higher elevations and on ramps where snow may have drifted and re-covered the roadways.

In the Salem District’s western counties of Carroll, Craig, Giles, Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski, most secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets have been plowed.  However, even though a snowplow will have pushed many of these roads, motorists are advised that a layer of ice and frozen snow will remain on most of these roadways.  Accumulated ice and snow has bonded to the road surface and snow is drifting.  Conditions will not improve significantly on these routes until temperatures rise and winds subside.

In the Salem District’s eastern counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Roanoke counties, most secondary roads are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.   However, snow plow drivers continue to work today in many areas due to drifting snow, especially in higher elevations.  Drivers need to watch for drifting snow and icy patches on roads due to refreezing.

VDOT’s Salem Transportation District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.

Updated road conditions are available at www.511Virginia.org or by dialing 511.



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