Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 26, 2013
SALEM DISTRICT: MAJOR ROADS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION; MOST SECONDARY ROADS STILL ICY AND SNOW COVERED
SALEM – Snow plow drivers with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have been working overnight to plow and treat roads throughout southwestern Virginia.
Crews made good progress on plowing and treating the interstates (I-77, I-81, I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) yesterday evening and last night. This morning, drivers will find almost all major roads clear or in minor condition with isolated slick spots.
Many secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are covered in snow and ice this morning. As temperatures rise today, snow plow operators will continue to make progress on these routes.
As of 4:30 a.m., motorists can expect the following road conditions for the 12-county Salem District:
In the Roanoke area and the New River Valley, I-81 is clear of snow and ice. In Roanoke, I-581 is clear of snow or ice. In the Hillsville area, I-77 is also clear of snow or ice.
In Henry and Patrick counties, major roads like Route 220 and Route 58 are still icy, but drivers will find most primary roads throughout the region in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Drivers should use caution on these major routes particular on bridges and ramps where icy spots may have formed overnight.
Many secondary roads and neighborhood streets remain snow covered and icy throughout the region. Conditions on these roads will improve with warmer temperatures.
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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