Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493


Jan. 31, 2010

Crews continue to focus on clearing primary roads

SALEM – 5 a.m. Many roads remain mostly snow covered in southwest Virginia Sunday morning.  Crews have been plowing and treating primary roads overnight, but low temperatures have caused any moisture on the roadway to refreeze.  Progress continues to be slow as ice and snow are frozen and bonded to the road surface.

In the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District, Interstates 81 and 581 as well as primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in moderate condition, meaning there is ice or snow on major portions of the roadway.  Interstate 77 is in minor condition, meaning the road is mostly clear except for isolated slick spots.

Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) are in moderate to severe condition.  Severe condition means that roads have significant snow or ice on them and driving on them could be hazardous.    

Today, operators will continue to use heavy equipment such as motor graders, loaders and dozers on primary roads.  Crews will begin to plow secondary roads once interstate and primary roads are clear.  

Motorists are advised to delay travel if possible, but if drivers must go out they are advised to do the following:
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snow removal equipment unless it is absolutely necessary

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at  

For emergencies, dial 911.


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