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Jason Bond 540-387-5493
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SAL 168

Feb. 7, 2013



SALEM DISTRICT: DRIVERS CAUTIONED TO WATCH FOR ICY CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT

SALEM –With a wintry mix of precipitation in the forecast for southwestern Virginia for the overnight hours on Thursday, Feb. 7, motorists should use caution if driving as icy conditions may occur in some areas.  A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice accumulates on roadways or not.  

The Virginia Department of Transportation is mobilized to treat roads overnight if needed.  If ice starts to form on road surfaces, crews will spread a mixture of abrasives and salt.  The abrasives increase traction, and the salt helps melt the frozen precipitation and prevents it from bonding to the road surface.

During a freezing rain event, drivers should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form first.    

Before travelling, motorists can find current road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.

To request road maintenance services, citizens can call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).



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