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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA-026

Jan. 28, 2009



I-81 ACCIDENTS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY EACH HAVE ONE LANE OPEN

STAUNTON – (12:10 AM) An accident involving a truck and passenger vehicle has closed the left lane on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 265.7. This location is in Shenandoah County between exit 264 at New Market and exit 269 at Shenandoah Caverns.

An accident involving two tractor trailers has closed the right lane on Interstate 81 southbound at mile marker 206.5, which is near the Augusta/Rockbridge County line. Traffic is backed up and motorists are encouraged to detoured, exiting I-81 at exit 213 at Route 11 in Greenville and rejoining the interstate at exit 205 in Raphine, off of Route 606.

Traffic is backed up approximately two miles at each accident site. Motorists should expect delays and use extreme caution in this area.

Here are the road conditions as of 10 p.m.

I-66 – minor conditions in Warren County.

I-64 – clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

I-81 – moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Frederick counties.

Primary roads are in moderate condition in Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Clarke, Page, Warren, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions are in Rockingham and Augusta counties. Clear conditions are in Alleghany County.
Secondary roads are in moderate condition in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, and Bath counties. Minor conditions are in Alleghany County.

Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. People should not drive unless absolutely necessary. People who are driving in winter road conditions should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org site, look to the left side of the page and click on the “Road Conditions” bar. A map will appear with color coded roads. Right above the map is a link reading: “Click here for a list of road conditions, including secondary roads”. Click on this link, then in the drop-down box click on the desired county or Virginia statewide. A text box of road conditions will appear.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.



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