Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Jan. 14, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: VDOT CREWS WORKED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT MONITORING ROAD CONDITIONS
SALEM – (4:15 a.m.) A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is falling sporadically and creating slick road conditions in portions of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District. Equipment operators and crews have been monitoring the roads throughout the night and will continue to focus their efforts on the primary roads.
Interstate 81 was pre-treated last night and is currently listed in minor condition along with I-581 in Roanoke and I-77 in Carroll County. Primary routes (those numbered 1-599) and secondary routes (those numbered 600 and above) are also listed in minor condition.
Crews will continue to work throughout the morning and day to monitor, clear and treat roads as necessary. Drivers will need to use caution during their morning commute as the wintry mix continues throughout the district into the morning hours. Bridges, overpasses, curves, shaded areas, cooler spots and elevated surfaces may become slick or snow-covered and patches of ice may be present.
For the latest information on this traffic alert, visit www.511Virginia.org or follow us on twitter at @511southwestva or @VaDOTSalem. Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions and traffic incidents on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app and the 511 website.
The 12-county VDOT Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Floyd, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – significant snow or ice on roadway
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush
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