Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 29, 2014
SALEM DISTRICT: SECONDARY ROADS AND NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS REMAIN ICY IN MANY AREAS
Wet roads will freeze back overnight
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation equipment operators and contractors in western Virginia have taken advantage of today’s sunshine to make progress on plowing and treating secondary roads and neighborhood streets, those numbered 600 and above.
Most secondary roads throughout the region have been plowed or treated. However, ice and snow is expected to remain frozen and bonded to secondary road surfaces in many locations, especially in shaded areas and higher elevations, until temperatures rise above freezing.
Snowplow drivers will continue to monitor road conditions this evening and overnight.
Until weather patterns change, drivers should be alert to the following:
Any moisture on road surfaces will freeze back, especially overnight, when the sun sets and temperatures fall even lower.
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 or Snow-Covered Secondary Roads and Neighborhood Streets
Many secondary roads, those numbered 600 and above, are covered in snow or ice or have multiple icy spots. Drivers should not expect bare pavement on many of these routes, especially overnight when temperatures fall. Conditions on secondary roads and neighborhood streets are expected to improve once temperatures rise above freezing.
For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.