Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Feb. 26, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: CONDITIONS IMPROVE ON INTERSTATES AND PRIMARY ROADS
Crews beginning to work on secondary roads while monitoring afternoon snow showers
SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) equipment operators and contractors in western Virginia have made good progress on plow and treating interstate and primary (those roads numbered 1-599) roads this morning.
Interstates 77, 81 and 581 are in minor condition which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Drivers should use caution and watch for icy spots, especially on ramps and overpasses.
Most primary roads are also in minor condition, which means that drivers should expect slick spots. Primary roads in Carroll County are still considered to be in moderate condition, which means they are snow covered.
Operators focus on the secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) with the highest traffic volumes first before proceeding to routes with lower traffic volumes such as subdivision roads and neighborhood streets.
Crews are expected to continue working on secondary roads and neighborhood streets today. However, VDOT will be monitoring the clipper system expected to bring snow showers this afternoon and into the evening. If additional snow accumulates on interstate and primary roads, crews will return to those routes.
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.
To report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623). Citizens should call 911 to report emergencies.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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