Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 5, 2010
ROAD CONDITIONS WORSEN AS PRECIPITATION CONTINUES
VDOT advises against travel
SALEM – Overnight, a wintry mix of sleet and snow is expected to continue falling in parts of southwestern Virginia which will add more snow and ice to the several inches that have already accumulated. The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends that drivers do not travel overnight unless it is absolutely necessary as road conditions may worsen.
Snow plow drivers will be working tonight to plow as much as they can off the primary roads (those numbered 1-599). Precipitation continues and most of these roads are in moderate condition. Moderate condition means that these roads have been plowed, but they are still snow covered and slick. The majority of secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood streets and subdivision routes have not been plowed at all. This means these secondary roads are in severe condition with significant snow and ice covering them. Be alert to the following conditions as of 9:30 p.m. tonight:
Conditions on Interstate 581 and Interstate 81 in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Pulaski counties are now considered moderate as precipitation has continued into the nighttime hours. Moderate means that roads have been plowed, but snow and ice remain on the roadway. Interstate 77 in Carroll County is currently in minor condition with isolated slick spots. Some crashes and disabled vehicles have been reported on both I-81 on I-77 tonight. For the latest road conditions and incident reports, dial 511 or visit the Web site at www.511Virginia.org.
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 snow and ice on the roadways. Most secondary roads have not been plowed at all.
In Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles counties, primary roads such as routes 8, 11, 100, 114, 460 are to moderate condition with snow and ice on roadways. Most secondary roads have not been plowed at all.
In Carroll and Floyd counties, primary roads such as Route 58 and Route 221 are in moderate condition. Roads have been plowed but remain icy with frozen moisture. Most secondary roads have not been plowed.
In Patrick and Henry counties, primary roads such as Route 58 and Route 220 are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. There are reports of numerous downed trees in these two counties.
In Bedford County, primary roads such as route 460, 221, 122, 43 and 24 are in moderate condition meaning they are snow covered. Most secondary roads have not been plowed and remain in severe condition.
In Franklin County, primary roads such as Route 220, Route 40 and Route 122 are in moderate condition. Route 116 is in severe condition. Most secondary roads have not been plowed and remain snow covered.
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.