Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 29, 2012
SALEM DISTRICT: WEATHER EVENT BRINGS MOSTLY RAIN BUT ROADS ARE STILL ICY IN SOUTHWESTERN
SALEM – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have been mobilized since last night to plow and treat roads in 12-county Salem District. Although the weather event brought mostly rain, icing has created slick road conditions, particularly in the higher elevations and on bridges and overpasses.
Drivers should use caution this morning as many roads that appear wet could be icy. Most roads are reported in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear but have icy patches.
As of 4:30 a.m. motorists should be aware of the following road conditions for VDOT’s Salem District:
Motorists should watch for slick spots on Interstate 81 in Montgomery and Pulaski counties where conditions are reported as minor.
Icy patches are reported on primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and secondary roads (those numbered higher than 600) in Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke counties. Secondary roads in Floyd and Giles counties are listed in minor condition with isolated slick spots.
Motorists are reminded to pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, ramps and cool spots where ice may form. As temperatures rise today, road conditions are expected to improve.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
Motorists can find the latest road conditions before travelling on 511 Virginia at www.511Virginia.org.
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