Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 19, 2012
FALLING TEMPERATURES COULD MEAN SLICK ROADS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
SALEM – Due to road surface temperatures staying above freezing today, most roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem Transportation District remained wet. VDOT crews and contractors have spent most of today monitoring cooler spots and treating some roads particularly in the higher elevations.
If temperatures fall below freezing tonight, roads could become slick and covered in snow and ice. VDOT crews and contractors are mobilized and will continue to plow and treat roads as needed.
The Salem District includes the counties in the Roanoke and New River valleys, the Hillsville and Martinsville areas and the western Smith Mountain Lake area.
Currently, Interstate 77 and many roads in Carroll and Patrick counties are in moderate condition. This means they are snow covered.
Drivers are advised to use caution. Tips for drivers include:
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
• 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
During a winter weather event, VDOT continues to focus on the major routes until the snow has stopped falling, and these roads have been plowed and treated.
For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org, look to the left side of the page and click on the “Road Conditions” bar. A map will appear with color coded roads. Right above the map is a link reading: “Click here for a list of road conditions, including secondary roads”. Click on this link, then in the drop-down box click on the desired county or Virginia statewide. A text box of road conditions will appear.
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