Jason Bond 540-387-5493

SAL 156-7

Feb. 3, 2010

Secondary roads remain icy

SALEM – Yesterday’s wintry mix of precipitation did not result in much accumulation on many interstate or primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District, so drivers will find most of these routes to be in minor condition as they head out this morning.  Minor condition means these roads are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. 

On major roads, motorists should to pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.  Mountainous areas particularly in Craig and Patrick counties may be icy this morning.

Drivers are reminded not to expect bare pavement on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), subdivision streets or neighborhood routes.  Even though a snow plow will have pushed these roads and they will be passable, motorists are advised that a layer of ice and frozen snow will remain on most of these roadways.  Snow plows are not able to scrape frozen packed down snow off these roads once cold temperatures have bonded it to the road surface.

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 or by dialing 511.

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