Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
Jan. 8, 2011
MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION ON ROADS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SATURDAY MORNING
SALEM – Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to changing road conditions Saturday morning on most roads in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Snow removal crews have been working through the night to clear interstate and primary roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District. Several bands of snow showers have moved through the region, leaving many roads slick and snow covered. Motorists are advised to use caution if they must travel on Saturday morning. Forecasters expect more snow showers throughout the day on Saturday, and motorists should be alert to changing road conditions.
Crews will continue to focus on plowing interstate and primary roads until the snow stops falling. Once the snow stops and interstate and primary roads are clear, crews will begin to plow and treat secondary roads.
As of 7 a.m. the following conditions are reported:
Interstates 581, and 81 in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Pulaski counties are in minor condition, which means there are isolated spots of snow or ice on the roadway. Interstate 77 in Carroll County is also in minor condition.
In Giles and Roanoke Counties, primary (1-599) and secondary (600 and above) roads are in moderate condition, which means there is snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
In Carroll, Montgomery and Patrick counties, primary roads are in minor condition and secondary roads are in moderate condition.
In Craig County, primary roads are in moderate condition and secondary roads are in severe condition, which means there is significant snow on the roadway.
In Henry and Botetourt Counties primary and secondary roads are in minor condition.
For up to the minute road and traffic conditions, log onto www.511virginia.org.
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.
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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