Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 8, 2010
ROAD CONDITIONS VARY IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Winds are causing snow to drift in some areas and cold temperatures mean no melting
SALEM – With snowfall overnight ranging from just a dusting to a few inches, crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have been working to plow and treat roads. Snow plow drivers will continue to work throughout the day and will be dispatched as needed to plow and treat due to conditions in their areas.
In Bedford, Franklin, Patrick and Henry counties all roads are clear, and no conditions are reported.
In Roanoke and Botetourt counties, motorists will find the interstates (I-81 and I-581) and major roads in minor condition meaning they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Crews are working today to treat slick spots with chemicals and abrasives particularly in higher elevations where there may be more snow accumulation. Secondary routes, neighborhood roads and subdivision streets will be treated as needed today with abrasives.
In Montgomery and Pulaski counties, drivers will find the interstates and major roads in minor condition meaning they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Snow plow drivers are working today to treat slick spots with chemicals and abrasives particularly in higher elevations. Secondary routes, neighborhood roads and subdivision streets will be treated as needed today with abrasives.
In Giles County, snow accumulations are higher in the higher elevations. Road conditions vary from minor to moderate based on elevation and drifting. Secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) remain in moderate condition, meaning they are snow covered. Winds are causing drifting in some areas in the county. Snow plow drivers will work throughout the day to plow and treat roads in Giles County.
In Carroll and Floyd counties, Interstate 77 (Carroll County) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in minor condition; however, windy conditions are creating drifts in some areas in these counties. Secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) range from minor to moderate due to drifting. Snow plow drivers will continue to treat and plow roads throughout the day.
In Craig County, snow accumulations are higher in the higher elevations. Road conditions vary from minor to moderate based on elevation. Windy conditions are creating snow drifts, and snow continues to fall in the higher elevations. Secondary roads, (those numbered 600 and above) are in minor to moderate condition due to drifting in some areas. Snow plow drivers will continue working throughout the day.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke. VDOT is responsible for maintaining county roads; cities and large towns are responsible for snow removal on roads maintained by that locality.
Drivers can always check road conditions by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway
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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