Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 29, 2010
VDOT SHARES SNOW TRAVEL ADVICE
STAUNTON – Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District crews are prepared to treat and clear roads for this weekend’s snow storm. Interstate roads throughout the Staunton District have been pretreated as well as many primary roads in Frederick and Augusta counties and a few in Page and Clarke counties. Crews will be out tonight and throughout the weekend plowing and treating roads as needed.
Motorists are strongly discouraged from traveling on roads south of Interstate 64 since this area is forecasted for heavy snow amounts.
Drivers having difficulty making their way in the snow are advised to not to stop and park on interstate or primary road shoulders, but to seek safe shelter.
All travelers should watch for snow removal operations and give plenty of room to snow removal trucks as they perform their work.
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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