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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA-003

Jan. 8, 2009



I-64 REOPENED OVER AFTON MOUNTAIN
Motorists should continue to use caution, reduce speed

STAUNTON – Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain has reopened in both directions after a snow squall and sub-freezing temperatures caused icing conditions that closed the highway earlier this morning. Motorists should continue to drive with caution and reduce their speed crossing the mountain since isolated icy patches may remain until rising temperatures melt the ice.

The sudden freeze brought traffic to a halt about 7 a.m. and several crashes were reported. The Virginia Department of Transportation responded with equipment to spread abrasives and chemicals to improve traction and melt the ice and will remain on the mountain to monitor conditions.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-800-578-4111. (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.



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