Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 30, 2010
EXPECT ICY ROADS TONIGHT IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (9:30 p.m.) All lanes on Interstate 81 southbound at mile marker 279 are now open. Earlier this evening an accident caused the left southbound lane and shoulder to be closed. This location is the vicinity of exit 279 at Edinburg. This was a single vehicle accident.
On I-81 at mile marker 281 northbound earlier today there was a multi-vehicle accident involving about 10 vehicles. The right lane is now open at this location. The left lane will remain closed overnight.
Motorists are advised not to travel tonight. As snow tapers off in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow roads. Crews are working 12-hour shifts, 24-hours-a-day.
With forecasted temperatures at or near zero degrees, salt and salt brine solutions will not work on roadways. Snow and ice conditions should be expected. Even roads that are showing bare pavement could be icy this evening. Motorists should also be aware of drifting snow that can cover plowed and treated roadways.
Here are the road conditions in the VDOT Staunton District as midnight approaches.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta and Rockbridge counties.
All primary roads and secondary roads are in moderate condition in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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). 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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