Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 16, 2010
VDOT CREWS CONTINUE WORKING OVERNIGHT TO PLOW SECONDARY ROADS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Low temperatures could mean slick spots and freezing overnight
SALEM – A wintry mix which included several inches of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain has kept crews and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation in southwestern Virginia busy throughout the day plowing and treating roads. As precipitation continued, snow plow operators concentrated mainly on the interstates and primary roads (numbered 1-599).
As of 4 p.m., drivers will find the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) are in minor condition, meaning they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Most primary roads are in minor condition with slushy spots. On these major routes, motorists should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shaded areas as there still may be slick spots. Wet roads could refreeze overnight depending on how low temperatures fall.
As of 4 p.m., VDOT is making progress on plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above), neighborhood routes and subdivision streets, but most of these routes remain snow covered. VDOT will continue working on these roads overnight, but low temperatures will make progress slow in many areas.
VDOT’s Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
The latest road conditions can be found by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org. To report emergencies, dial 911.
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