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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
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STA10-050

Feb. 6, 2010



PORTION OF I-81 NORTHBOUND CLOSED IN AUGUSTA COUNTY

STAUNTON – (1 p.m.) Both Interstate 81 northbound lanes are closed from mile marker 232 to mile marker 235. This location is in northern Augusta County near the Rockingham County line.

This closure is a result of a disabled vehicle and a back-up of tractor trailers.  A number of wreckers have been deployed to the area.  Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractor crews are working to clear the interstate of built up snow occurring in front of the back-up area.  Electronic changeable message signs are alerting travelers of the closure location and alerts are posted on the 511 phone system and Web site.

VDOT continues to discourage all but the most necessary travel today as the Shenandoah Valley continues to receive heavy amounts of snow.  All VDOT snow removal crews and contractors are deployed in plowing operations.

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.

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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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