SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors have worked all night to plow and treat roads throughout western Virginia. As of 4:30 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 minor condition, meaning they are mostly clear with 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 slick spots.
Several primary roads remain covered in a layer of snow or ice including Route 43 in Botetourt County and several primary roads in Montgomery County such as Route 8, Route 11 and Route 114.
Crews have made progress on plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets overnight. Many secondary roads remain snow covered in Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke counties. In Carroll, Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties, secondary roads are in minor condition, so drivers should watch for slick spots.
Even when secondary roads and neighborhood streets will be plowed, a frozen layer of packed down snow and ice will likely remain on many of these roads because of cold temperatures. Drivers should not expect clear pavement until temperatures rise. VDOT equipment operators will continue to be working in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow and treat roads.
Areas of flooding in Botetourt, Giles, and Montgomery have been reported as well as downed trees from the wet snow. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when approaching pooling water on roadways. To report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623).
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.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.