Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 7, 2010
ROADS IMPROVE IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5:15 p.m.) Road conditions continue to improve in the Shenandoah Valley as nightfall approaches. Many secondary roads have received at least one pass with a plow. The secondary system is projected to be completed with initial plowing by noon on Monday in the Shenandoah Valley.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors will continue to work as needed throughout the night. VDOT cautions that many roads, although plowed, still have significant covering of snow or ice. Overnight motorists should be alert for refreezing and drive with extreme caution.
Here are the road conditions as nightfall approaches:
Interstate 64 – Clear in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Clear in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Frederick and Shenandoah counties..
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Warren and Clarke counties. Moderate to minor conditions Frederick County. Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Page counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge and Highland counties.
Secondary roads are in severe condition in Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke counties. Moderate conditions are in Rockbridge, Bath, Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany and Highland counties.
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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