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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
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Cellular: (540) 414-5670
STA-049

March 1, 2009



MOTORISTS SHOULD DRIVE WITH CAUTION IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – 9:30 P.M. Snow is falling in the Shenandoah Valley during the Sunday evening hours. Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain is listed in moderate conditions, but the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operations Center is reporting treacherous driving conditions and slick roads in this area. Crews are out treating roads on Afton Mountain and throughout the VDOT Staunton District.

Here are the reported road conditions as of 9:30 p.m. Motorists should be aware that as the snow spreads through the Valley some areas reporting clear conditions could rapidly change to minor or moderate conditions. High winds in the area may also cause blowing snow on roadways.

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta County. Minor conditions in Rockingham County. Clear conditions in Frederick and Shenandoah counties.

Minor conditions are reported on primary roads in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Clarke and Frederick counties. Clear conditions are in Page, Warren and Shenandoah counties.

Moderate conditions are reported on secondary roads in Rockbridge County. Minor conditions are on secondary roads in Alleghany, Bath, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Clarke, Page, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Clear conditions are in Warren 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.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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