Jamie Smith 540-387-5250
Jan. 25, 2013
SALEM DISTRICT: LOW OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES COULD CREATE ICY ROADS
Most roads are in moderate condition
SALEM - Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working throughout the winter weather event to plow and treat roads in the 12-county Salem District.
If driving is necessary tonight and into the early morning hours on Saturday, motorists should be extremely cautious as overnight temperatures are expected to refreeze moisture and create slick road conditions. Roads that appear wet may actually be icy and slippery. Drivers should pay particular attention to ramps, bridges, overpasses and other cooler areas where slick spots may form.
Crews with VDOT and its contractors will continue to monitor conditions overnight, to plow and treat roads as needed. Interstate contractor crews will be monitoring bridges, ramps and overpasses tonight.
As of 3:45 p.m., Interstate 81 in Botetourt County is in minor conditions. All other portions of I-81 in the Salem District, I-581 in Roanoke County and I-77 in Carroll County are in moderate condition. All primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in the 12-county district are in moderate condition at this time with the exception of Route 220 in Roanoke and Franklin counties which is in minor condition. Secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) are in moderate condition except for those in Montgomery County which are in moderate to severe.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
Crews are focusing on clearing interstate and primary roads until the snow stops and those roads are plowed and treated. Some examples of primary routes are 460, 419, 311, 221, 220, 122, 116, 114, 58, 40 and 8.
Once the snow stops and the interstates and primary roads are plowed and treated, operators will focus on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above).
Motorists can find the latest road conditions before travelling on 511 Virginia at www.511Virginia.org. To report maintenance issues, contact the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow; partially blocking the road; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – wet pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush
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