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April 5, 2013
FRIDAY MORNING ROAD CONDITIONS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (5 a.m.) Road conditions are generally clear this morning in the Shenandoah Valley following yesterday’s late season winter storm. Higher elevation roadways and roads on bridges and overpasses continue to have areas of icy patches. Many roadways remain wet from the rain, sleet and snow that fell in the area late Thursday afternoon and into Thursday night.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out in the affected areas plowing and treating the roadways.
Motorists should continue to drive with caution throughout the area.
Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 234 has the left lane and shoulder closed following a tractor-trailer crash that took place around 11 p.m. on Thursday. This location is just south of exit 235 at Route 256 in the Weyers Cave area of Rockingham County.
Here are the road conditions as of 5 a.m. Friday, April 5.
Interstate 64 – Fog is reported in Augusta County on Afton Mountain. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 –Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary Roads – Moderate conditions in Highland County. Minor conditions in Bath and Alleghany counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page counties.
Secondary Roads – Moderate conditions in Highland and Alleghany counties. Minor conditions in Bath and Rockbridge counties. Clear conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page counties.
For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org, 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.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.
VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT webpage is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Road condition definitions:
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road. Snow tires or chains are necessary.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. Snow tires or chains are advisable.
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush. Driving with caution is recommended.
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