Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 30, 2010
MOTORISTS ADVISED TO DELAY TRAVEL
STAUNTON – 11:15 a.m. As snow covers the Shenandoah Valley, motorists are urged to delay travel. Crews will continue plowing and treating roads throughout the duration of the storm, focusing on interstate and primary roads, and then shifting to secondary roads.
The Virginia Department of Transportation made full preparation for this event by pre-treating roads with anti-icing chemicals, checking salt and sand supplies, and scheduling staff for 24/7 operations.
Motorists are reminded hazardous driving conditions are still a possibility, 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.
Saturday Mid-morning Road Conditions:
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in and Augusta, Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockingham, Augusta and Rockbridge counties. Minor conditions Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties. Some closures exist in Shenandoah and Warren counties.
VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:
• Make sure your windows, mirrors and lights are clear of ice and snow.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and electric lines.
• Reduce speed as appropriate and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
• Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
• Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include a small bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter to provide traction in case you get stuck, a snowbrush and ice scraper, a flashlight, battery booster cables, a blanket and extra clothing.
• Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop, or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.
VDOT has a variety of information sources for road condition updates. The 511 traveler-information service gives drivers the most up-to-date data available about weather, construction and accidents that may affect travel. Updates can be received by calling 511 from any landline or wireless phone or by going online to www.511virginia.org to view traffic cameras, the road condition map and the road condition table-report. Individuals can sign up for e-mail alerts that include weather and incident reporting on the 511 Web site.
Motorists disabled in traffic should stay in their cars and call #77 and 911 for emergencies. Motorists are warned it will take time for emergency crews to reach them, but state and local personnel are working to get to them.
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.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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