Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 25, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: NEIGHBORHOOD ROADS AND SUBDIVISION STREETS REMAIN ICY AND SNOW COVERED
Interstates and main roads mostly clear
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors have worked all night to plow and treat roads throughout western Virginia. Temperatures below freezing have made snow removal operations overnight difficult and refreezing has created icy conditions after yesterday’s sunshine and higher temperatures helped to melt snow.
As of 4 a.m., drivers can expect the following road conditions.
Drivers will find the interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are in clear to minor condition, meaning there may be isolated slick spots. On these main routes, motorists should pay particular attention to cooler areas such as bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shaded areas as there still may be isolated slick spots.
Crews worked on treating secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets overnight. The majority of hard-surfaced secondary routes have had at least once pass with a snow plow. VDOT crews will continue working on plowing secondary roads and neighborhood streets today. Conditions are expected to improve with warmer temperatures and sunshine.
Even when secondary roads and neighborhood streets are plowed, a frozen layer of packed down snow and ice will likely remain on many of these roads because of snow fall amounts and cold temperatures. Drivers should not expect bare pavement until temperatures rise and plows can make multiple passes.
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 or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.
VDOT Customer Service Center is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads
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