Britt Drewes Farrar 804-225-4491
Feb. 9, 2010
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS
Snow and Wind Gusts Create Dangerous Driving Conditions
STAUNTON – (9 p.m.) Drivers are encouraged to stay home this evening and tomorrow morning as the most recent winter storm moves through the Shenandoah Valley. Strong winds are predicted throughout the region and can cause snow to drift, reducing driver visibility and potentially re-covering plowed and treated roads.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reporting road conditions throughout the region are changing over to moderate - meaning snow or ice is covering a major portion of the roadway. Some icy patches are also reported along Interstate 81.
Residents are urged to stay off roadways. However, if they must go out, VDOT reminds motorists:
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to www.511Virginia.org
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
Tuesday Night Road Conditions:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Fog conditions are reported in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Frederick and Warren counties.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockingham, Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties. Icy patches are reported in Augusta County.
Primary roads – Minor to moderate conditions in Shenandoah, Warren and Page counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Frederick and Clarke counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties.
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 www.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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