Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 30, 2010
MANY ROADS STILL SNOW COVERED IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
SALEM – With snow several inches of snow accumulating in southwestern Virginia today, the Virginia Department of Transportation continues to plow roads in 12-hour shifts. VDOT recommends that drivers do not travel today or tonight unless it is absolutely necessary.
As with any winter weather event, snow plow drivers have focused their initial efforts on the major roads (those numbered 1-599) throughout the day. Crews have been plowing and treating the major roads today, but with low temperatures there are many areas that remain snow covered and slick. Tonight, the focus will remain on the major roads as low temperatures, additional snowfall and possible drifting in some areas will require crews to monitor these major roads.
At this time, the vast majority of secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets and subdivision routes have not been plowed at all. Be alert to the following conditions as of 5 p.m. today:
Interstate 81 in Botetourt and Roanoke counties is in moderate condition with snow and ice still on the roadway. Interstate 81 in Montgomery and Pulaski counties is in minor condition with isolated slick spots. Interstate 581 in Roanoke is in moderate condition. Interstate 77 in Carroll County is currently in minor condition with isolated slick spots.
Primary and secondary roads
In Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig counties, all primary roads such as routes 220, 221, 311, 419, and 460, are in moderate condition with significant snow on the roadways. Secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles counties, primary roads such as routes 8, 11, 114, 460 are to moderate condition. Secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Carroll and Floyd counties, primary roads such as Route 58 and Route 221 are in moderate to severe condition. Most secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Patrick and Henry counties, primary roads such as Route 220 and Route 58 are in moderate to severe condition. Most secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Bedford County, primary roads such as route 460, 221, 122, 43 and 24 are in moderate to severe condition meaning they are snow covered. Most secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Franklin County, primary roads such as Route 220, Route 40 and Route 122 are in moderate condition with severe conditions in some areas. Most secondary roads have not been plowed.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
For the latest road conditions and incident reports, dial 511 or visit the Web site at www.511Virginia.org.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway, road partially blocked or drifting snow
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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