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Jan. 8, 2009

Crews are applying abrasives; motorists urged to use alternate routes

STAUNTON – Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain is reported to be icy and hazardous for drivers after a snow squall passed over the mountain just before dawn. Westbound traffic is stopped due to ice on the road near the mountain summit and eastbound traffic is moving slowly. Several crashes have also been reported in the area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has sent crews to the area; those trucks are spreading abrasives and chemicals to improve traction. Heavy traffic and significant delays are being reported for both eastbound and westbound traffic and motorists planning to cross Afton Mountain in either direction are urged to delay their travel or use an alternate route.

Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. During hazardous winter weather 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.

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