Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 20, 2012
INTERSTATES AND MAJOR ROADS IN MINOR CONDITION BUT MOST SECONDARY ROADS STILL SNOW COVERED
SALEM – Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District and contractors have worked overnight night to plow and treat interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in western Virginia.
As of 4:30 a.m., all these major roads have been plowed and treated and they are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. On these main routes, drivers should be aware of potentially icy areas such as overpasses, ramps and bridges. Some examples of primary roads are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40, 11 and 8.
On northbound I-81 at mile marker 108 in Montgomery County, the left lane currently is closed due to a tractor-trailer accident. The left lane closure is in place so the truck can be removed. For updates on this lane closure or the latest road conditions, visit www.511virginia.org
In most areas, crews are starting to plow secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) or neighborhood streets. Most secondary roads are still in moderate condition, which means they are still covered in a layer of snow and ice. Today, VDOT crews will continue plowing secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Road conditions are expected to improve with warmer temperatures.
Last night, the heavy snows downed trees in some areas so tree removal crews were mobilized to respond.
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.
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