Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 31, 2010
POTENTIAL FOR ICY ROADS THIS MORNING IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5 a.m.) All northbound lanes on Interstate 81 at mile marker 281 are now open. Yesterday, a multi-vehicle accident involving about 10 vehicles shut down both lanes.
Motorists are advised not to travel this morning. Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow roads and will continue to as long as conditions exist.
Many roads in the Shenandoah Valley could be icy this morning. Overnight temperatures were too low for salt and salt brine solutions to work on roadways. Drivers should also be aware of drifting snow which can cover plowed and treated roads.
Early Morning Road Conditions:
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.
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