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Dec. 27, 2012



SALEM DISTRICT: ROAD CONDITIONS ARE SLICK ON SOME SECONDARY ROADS

SALEM - Last night's cold temperatures have caused moisture from yesterday's winter weather event to refreeze on some roads throughout southwestern Virginia.  Although most primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in the Virginia Department of Transportation's Salem District are mostly clear, motorists should be alert to icy conditions and slippery spots, particularly on ramps, bridges, overpasses and other cool spots prone to freezing. Most secondary roads are also clear with the exception of those in higher elevations which are in minor to moderate condition.

If possible, motorists are encouraged to consider postponing travel until temperatures rise and road conditions improve.  If travel is necessary, motorists should use caution as roads that appear wet could actually be icy.  

VDOT crews and contractors monitored road conditions overnight, treated some slick spots with salt and abrasives and responded to downed trees due to high winds.  Equipment operators will continue to monitor road conditions today and respond as necessary.

As of 4:30 a.m., motorists can expect the following road conditions for the 12-county Salem District:
Interstates 77, 81 and 581 all are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.  Drivers should use caution and watch for icy spots, especially on ramps and overpasses.
Bedford County - All primary roads such as routes 24, 43, 221, 460 and 501 are clear.  Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) are in minor condition.
Botetourt County - All primary roads such as routes 11, 43, 220 and 460 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are in minor condition, but drivers should watch for slick spots.
Carroll County - All primary roads such as routes such as 58, 100 and 221 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Craig County - All primary roads such as routes 18, 42 and 311 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Floyd County - Primary roads such as Route 8 and Route 221 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Franklin County - All primary roads such as routes 40, 116, 122 and 220 are clear.  Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Giles County - All primary roads such as routes 42, 61, 100, 219 and 460 are in minor condition. Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Henry County - All primary roads such as routes 57, 58, 87, 108, 174 and 220 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are also in minor condition.
Montgomery County - All primary roads such as routes 8, 11, 460, and 114 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Patrick County - All primary roads such as routes 8, 40, 57, 58 and 103 are in minor condition. Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Pulaski County – All primary roads such as routes 11, 99 and 100 are in minor condition.  Secondary roads are in minor condition.
Roanoke County – All primary roads such as routes 11, 116, 220, 221, 311, 419 and 460 are in minor condition.  Many secondary roads, particularly in the higher elevations, are in moderate condition with patches of snow and ice on the roadways.
Road condition definitions:
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – wet pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush
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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