SALEM – Snow plow drivers have made progress plowing and treating roads today throughout the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District. In addition, warmer temperatures have helped to improve road conditions.
As of 3:30 p.m., all interstates (I-77, I-81, and I-581) and all primary roads (those numbered 1-599) for the 12-county region are clear or in minor condition. Drivers should watch for isolated slick spots this evening and overnight.
All secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) are also clear or in minor condition with exception of some routes in northeastern Floyd County which are still snow covered. These roads will be plowed later this afternoon or early this evening.
Equipment operators have made significant progress on secondary roads in Bedford, Botetourt and Floyd counties today where additional snow fall or drifting snow had slowed efforts earlier today.
Tonight, drivers are cautioned to be alert to refreezing as roads that are wet may become icy as temperatures drop. Snow plow operators in some areas will be monitoring conditions tonight on bridges, overpasses and other cooler areas. Crews will also be monitoring for drifting snow in some areas.
Citizens are reminded that they can report downed trees or other maintenance issues by calling VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
Motorists can find the latest road conditions before travelling on 511 Virginia at www.511Virginia.org.