Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 5, 2010
ALERT FOR TRUCKERS ON I-81 IN AUGUSTA COUNTY
STAUNTON – (7:40 p.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation has been advised that the parking lot is full at the Pilot Truck Stop at Interstate 81 exit 213 in Greenville. This location is south of Staunton in Augusta County.
VDOT has placed electronic signs along I-81 advising truckers to proceed on the interstate and bypass exit 213. Truckers are not to park along the interstate exit ramp or along the I-81 shoulders.
Virginia State Police will be in the area to help enforce the shoulder and ramp parking ban.
Road conditions continue to rapidly deteriorate in the Shenandoah Valley. Numerous accidents are being reported along I-81 and other areas of the Valley. Interstate, primary and secondary roads are mostly covered with snow. VDOT crews and contractors are fully deployed and will continue plowing and treating roads throughout the storm.
It is critical during periods of heavy snow and high winds that motorists stay off the roads and let the plows do their work. Travelers are advised to leave the roadway area and seek parking areas and safe shelter during the storm. Wherever possible, vehicles should be parked in driveways, parking lots or off-road parking and not on the state maintained roads. VDOT is also asking drivers not to pull off and park on the interstate and primary road shoulders.
Road conditions in many areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia are deteriorating to severe condition with the onset of heavy snow and high winds.
Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. 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). 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.
Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor – Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution
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