Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 22, 2009
UPDATE ON ROADS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5 p.m.) Interstates are clear this afternoon in the Shenandoah Valley. Primary roads are expected to be clear early tomorrow morning but are currently listed in minor condition due to icy patches in certain spots. Motorists should drive cautiously.
Most secondary roads are in moderate condition as crews continue to deal with compacted ice in some areas. Crews will work in these areas until they are cleared.
Snow removal procedures were delayed over the weekend due to numerous disabled and abandoned vehicles left on roads and shoulders.
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.
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
For a chart of 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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