Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 8, 2013
SALEM DISTRICT: ROADS STILL SNOW COVERED IN MOST AREAS
SALEM – Equipment operators with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have been plowing and treating roads overnight as freezing rain and sleet transitioned to snow. Crews were mobilized yesterday evening and have been concentrating their efforts on the interstate and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) as precipitation has continued all night and into the early morning hours.
With snow fall just ending in some areas, road conditions are expected to improve throughout the day as snow plow drivers make more progress. As with any winter weather event, equipment operators concentrate their initial efforts on interstates and primary roads until the snow stops falling and these roads are plowed and treated.
As of 4:30 a.m., VDOT is reporting the following road conditions:
Interstate 581 in the Roanoke Valley and Interstate 81 in Botetourt and Roanoke counties is in moderate condition which means these roads are still snow covered. I-81 is in minor condition in Montgomery and Pulaski counties, which means it is mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
In Botetourt, Roanoke and Craig counties, primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in moderate condition. This means snow plow drivers are still working to plow and treat the major roads such as Route 460, Route 311, Route 221, Route 220, Route 42, Route 43 and Route 11.
In Floyd, Giles and Pulaski counties, all primary roads, such as Route 460, Route 8, Route 221 and Route 11 also are in moderate condition, which means they are snow covered. In Montgomery County, major roads such as Route 8, Route 11, Route 114 and Route 460 are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
In Bedford County, all primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.
Crews have not started plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets yet in the Roanoke and New River valleys. These roads are still snow covered.
Before travelling, motorists can find current road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
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