Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Jan. 7, 2017
SALEM DISTRICT: NIGHTTIME COLD TEMPERATURES MEAN REFREEZING AND ICY ROADS
Do not expect bare pavement even on previously plowed roads
SALEM – Crews and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation have made progress on plowing and treating roads today. Work will continue into the overnight hours, and drivers are encouraged to avoid travel if at all possible.
Interstates and almost all primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in the Salem District are mostly clear but there are slick spots. Tonight, low temperatures will cause refreezing and any wet areas on these major roads will become ice.
Crews and contractors have made progress on plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets today. However, even though many of these routes have been plowed, a layer of frozen snow is expected to remain on them until temperatures rise above freezing. Secondary roads in the region are considered snow covered and will refreeze overnight.
Tonight, snow plow drivers will
- Monitor the interstates and primary roads to treat areas of refreezing
- Return to the primary roads to plow any drifting snow
- Plow more secondary roads and neighborhood streets
Traffic and road condition information can be obtained by dialing 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
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