Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 22, 2014
SALEM DISTRICT: ICY SECONDARY ROADS AND NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS REQUIRE EXTRA CAUTION UNTIL TEMPARATURES RISE
Drivers should also watch for icy spots or drifting snow on interstates and major roads
SALEM – Equipment operators with the Virginia Department of Transportation currently are focusing most of their snow-removal efforts on treating secondary roads and neighborhood streets, those numbered 600 and above. With temperatures well below freezing in western Virginia, a layer of ice or frozen snow has bonded to the road surface on many of these routes, so crews are applying sand or abrasives to help increase vehicle traction on icy roadways.
Until weather patterns change, drivers should be alert to the following conditions that require extra caution when driving:
Low Temperatures Overnight and Wind
Any moisture on road surfaces will freeze back, especially overnight, when the sun sets and temperatures fall even lower. Blowing or drifting snow may cover roads that were previously clear.
Icy Spots on Interstates and Primary Roads
Although the major routes are mostly clear, drivers should still watch for icy spots, particularly on ramps, bridges, overpasses and other cool areas on the interstates (I-81, I-581, and I-77) and on primary roads, those numbered 1-599.
Icy Secondary Roads and Neighborhood Streets
Most secondary roads in the 12-county region are in minor condition, which means drivers should watch for icy spots. Some secondary roads, particularly in Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Giles and Roanoke counties, are covered in snow or ice or have multiple icy spots. Ice and snow is expected to remain frozen and bonded to road surfaces in many locations, especially in shaded areas and higher elevations, until temperatures rise above freezing, which is not forecasted to happen for several days.
When driving on icy roads, drivers are encouraged to reduce their vehicle speeds and increase following distance between vehicles.
Snowplow drivers will continue to respond and treat any freeze back or drifting snow that may have occurred. Motorists can always check road conditions by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
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