Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 5, 2010
WIND AND COLD TEMPERATURES MEAN SLICK, SNOWY ROADS IN SOME AREAS
VDOT crews spent overnight hours plowing and treating
SALEM – With snow fall accumulations yesterday and overnight ranging from one to five inches, snow plow drivers with the Virginia Department of Transportation have worked overnight to plow and treat roads. Blowing and drifting snow combined with low temperatures have slowed snow removal efforts in some areas and caused snow plow drivers to return to major roads overnight to keep them plowed due to drifting snow.
VDOT’s first priority in any winter weather event are the interstate and primary roads. Once these roads are plowed and treated, then crews plow secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above). Crews will continue to plow and treat roads throughout the day and make as much progress on secondary roads and neighborhood streets (those numbered 600 and above) as possible. However, if blowing snow continues crews will remain on the major roads to remove drifting snow.
As of 5:30 a.m., road conditions are as follows:
Motorists are advised to be cautious and watch for isolated slick spots on interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) where refreezing has occurred overnight. Drivers should pay particular attention to bridges, higher elevations, overpasses, ramps and cooler areas on these major roads. Some bridges and ramps are very slick.
In Botetourt County, primary roads (those numbered 1-599) such as Route 220, Route 43, and Route 11 are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Secondary roads (those number 600 and above) are also in minor condition with isolated slick spots.
In Bedford County, primary roads are mostly clear as little snow accumulated in many areas. Secondary roads are in moderate condition and remain snow covered in most areas. Some secondary roads have been plowed but many are in moderate condition and are snow covered at this time
In Carroll County, high winds are causing snow to drift onto primary roads, and crews have spent the overnight hours working on these roads. Both primary and secondary roads in Carroll County are snow covered and slick.
In Craig County, primary roads like Route 311 are in minor condition with isolated slick spots. Drivers are reminded to use caution on bridges and overpasses and other cooler areas. Drivers are making progress on plowing secondary roads, but many remain in moderate condition at this time.
In Floyd County, high winds are blowing snow and covering primary roads such as Route 8 and Route 221. Primary and secondary roads are snow covered.
In Franklin County, there is little to no accumulation on primary roads like Route 40 and Route 220. Some secondary roads have been plowed but those that have not remain in moderate condition. Crews will continue to work on secondary roads and neighborhood streets.
In Giles County, primary and secondary roads remain in moderate condition. Route 635 (Big Stony Creek Road) is closed due to disable vehicles.
In Henry and Patrick counties, primary roads like Route 220 and Route 58 are in minor condition. Drivers should watch for slick spots on bridges and overpasses. Some secondary roads have been plowed but many are in moderate condition and are snow covered at this time
In Montgomery County, primary roads like Route 460 and Route 11 are in minor condition with isolated slick spots. Some secondary roads have been plowed but many remain snow covered at this time.
In Pulaski County, blowing snow continues to drift. Primary and secondary roads are snow covered and currently are in moderate condition.
In Roanoke County, primary roads such as Route 220, Route 419 and Route 460 are in minor condition with isolated slick spots. Some secondary roads have been plowed but many are in moderate condition and are snow covered at this time
VDOT’s Salem Transportation District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
Updated road conditions are available at www.511Virginia.org or by dialing 511.
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