Jason Bond 540-387-5493
March 6, 2013
SALEM DISTRICT: SECONDARY ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE IN MOST COUNTIES
SALEM – Equipment operators with the Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractors have taken advantage of warmer temperatures and plowed and treated secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets today in southwestern Virginia. However, snow falling into the late morning has slowed efforts on secondary routes in some parts of Botetourt and Bedford counties.
As of 12:30 p.m., I-81 in Botetourt County is in minor condition. I-81 in Pulaski, Montgomery and Roanoke counties, I-77 and I-581 are clear.
For Salem District, all primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are clear or in minor condition with isolated slick spots with the exception of northeastern Floyd and northern Bedford counties and Route 221 in Roanoke County which are still in moderate condition. Route 122 near Big Island in Bedford County currently is closed between Route 638 (Sedalia School Road) and Route 602 (Hunting Creek Road) due to heavy snow and ice.
Secondary roads in Botetourt, northern Bedford and Floyd counties are listed as moderate with secondary roads in all other counties in Salem District listed as clear or in minor condition.
Tonight, drivers are cautioned to be alert to refreezing as roads that are wet or slushy will become icy as temperatures drop. Snow plow operators will be monitoring conditions tonight on bridges, overpasses and other cooler areas.
In addition to snow, crews are responding to reports of downed trees throughout the district. Citizens may report downed trees or other maintenance issues by calling VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).
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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