Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Jan. 24, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT ICY ROADS IN WESTERN VIRGINIA
SALEM – With temperatures dipping below freezing overnight in portions of western Virginia, rain has transitioned to sleet or freezing rain creating slick roads in many areas, particularly in the higher elevations.
Equipment operators with the Virginia Department of Transportation have been monitoring roads overnight and responding by putting down chemicals and abrasives to treat icing. Crews also have been removing downed trees in some locations.
Drivers in western Virginia should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, elevated surfaces, and ramps which may become icy and slick before other areas.
As of 5:30 a.m., icy patches and slick spots are reported on Route 221 in Floyd and Roanoke counties, Route 8 in Floyd County, and routes 18, 42 and 311 in Craig County.
In addition, drivers should be alert to slick spots and icy patches on secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) particularly in Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Giles, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke and Montgomery counties.
Road conditions are expected to improve throughout the day as temperatures rise and the winter weather moves out of the region.
To report downed trees blocking roads, contact VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623.
Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions for Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
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