Jason Bond 540-387-5493

SAL 173-7

Feb. 9, 2010

Drivers should be alert to changing conditions and possible high winds

SALEM (4:30 p.m.) – As another winter storm moves through the area, snow plow drivers with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have been working to plow and treat roads today.  Road conditions may worsen this afternoon and overnight with additional precipitation and temperatures falling.

As motorists travel this afternoon, they will find the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) clear.  In addition, the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) such as routes 8, 11, 100, 114, 116, 220, 221, 311, 419, and 460 also are clear.   Conditions on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets and subdivision routes range from minor to moderate. 

In Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig counties, most secondary roads were plowed today and are in minor to moderate condition.

In Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles counties, most secondary roads were not plowed today, so they remain in moderate condition with snow and ice on the road way.

In Floyd and Carroll counties, secondary roads remain in moderate condition with frozen and packed down snow covered on the roads.

In Bedford, Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties, secondary roads are in minor condition, meaning they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.

Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets range from minor to moderate condition.  Conditions are as follows: 

Drivers should:

•   Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to
•   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
•   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.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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