Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Feb. 13, 2014
SALEM DISTRICT: REFREEZING AND DRIFTING SNOW ARE CONCERNS FOR DRIVERS OVERNIGHT
Snow plow operators may begin work on secondary roads tonight if conditions allow
SALEM – With additional snowfall covering roads this afternoon, snow plow operators in western Virginia continued to focus their efforts on the primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and the interstates. These major routes were once again blanketed with additional inches of rapidly falling snow.
After the snow fall stopped, equipment operators were beginning to make some progress on the primary roads and interstates. However, with overnight low temperatures and gusty winds, refreezing has occurred creating slick roads and icy conditions, so VDOT crews and contractors are continuing to monitor the main roads and interstates for icing and drifting snow.
Northbound Interstate 81 in Pulaski County currently is closed at mile marker 103 due to icy conditions. Interstate contractors are working to clear the traffic that is back up for 10 miles and treat the ice at this location. At 9:30 p.m., northbound I-81 was expected to be closed for approximately 3 to 4 hours.
The vast majority of secondary roads (those number 600 and above) and neighborhood streets are covered with inches of snow and have not been plowed or treated at this time. Secondary roads are in severe condition, which means they are covered with significant amounts of snow or ice.
If conditions allow overnight, snow plow operators will begin working on secondary roads and neighborhood streets in some locations. However, drivers should be aware that if could be Friday morning before plows make it to the secondary roads and neighborhood streets.
The latest road conditions are available by calling 511 or visiting www.511virginia.org Citizens can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
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