Jamie Smith 540-387-5250
Jan. 21, 2014
SLICK ROADS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT
SALEM – (10:00 p.m.) Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District will continue to work overnight to remove snow and address icy conditions. Extremely low temperatures and windy conditions are expected overnight which may lead to icy roads and drifting snow in some areas.
During a winter weather event, snow plow drivers concentrate their initial efforts on the primary roads, those numbered 1-599. Once the precipitation stops and these major roads are plowed and treated, VDOT begins to work on the secondary roads, those numbered 600 and above. Drivers should avoid traveling overnight. If traveling is necessary, drivers should call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for up-to-date road conditions.
The following road conditions were reported at 10 p.m.
Interstate 81 in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and I-581 in Roanoke County are listed in minor condition. I-77 in Carroll County is clear.
Routes in Roanoke and Giles counties and Route 48 in Bedford County are in moderate condition. Primary Routes in Bedford, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery and Pulaski counties are in minor condition. Primary routes in Botetourt County are listed in minor condition with the exception of Route 220 which is in moderate condition and Routes 43 and 11 which are listed as severe.
Secondary routes in Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Giles and Montgomery counties are in moderate condition. Routes in Bedford, Franklin, Henry and Pulaski counties are listed in minor condition.
All Routes in Carroll and Patrick counties are clear.
Drivers should watch for icy patches particularly on bridges, overpasses and in the higher elevations.
VDOT’s Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Patrick and Roanoke.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway, road partially blocked or drifting snow
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.