Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 22, 2014
DRIVERS WILL FACE ICY ROADS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING
STAUNTON – (4:00 a.m.) Bitter cold on the heels of the winter storm has created icy driving conditions for Wednesday morning throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Up to eight inches of snow fell on Tuesday, and blowing snow may have re-coated some routes that were previously plowed.
Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to work around the clock to plow and treat roads. With temperatures in the teens and single digits, melting may not occur even on treated surfaces. Drivers should use extreme caution.
VDOT is utilizing roughly 800 pieces of snow-removal equipment throughout the 11 counties of the Staunton District. Crews focus their efforts first on interstates and primary roads, then shift resources to secondary roads as conditions improve.
Here are the conditions as of 4:00 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany County. Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Primary Roads – Moderate conditions in Bath, Highland, Alleghany, Page, Shenandoah, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor to moderate conditions in Frederick County. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Secondary Roads - Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions. In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts, traffic cameras and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org. A 511 app is available for iOS and Android devices.
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.
Visit the VDOT winter weather page for information on snow removal and resources http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp .
The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page 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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.