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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA14-034

Feb. 5, 2014



ICY CONDITIONS LIKELY FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE

STAUNTON – (4:00 a.m.) Freezing rain overnight will impact the Wednesday morning commute on many roads in the Shenandoah Valley. Icy conditions are especially prevalent in the northern part of the valley including the counties of Page, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke. Motorists are strongly advised to delay their travels until conditions improve.

 

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working since Tuesday evening to treat roads. They also have teams ready to respond if ice causes tree limbs to fall into roadways or in the event of accidents on the interstates.

 

Here are the road conditions as of 4:00 a.m.:

 

Interstate 64 – Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

 

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

 

Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties.

 

Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Frederick and Clarke counties. Moderate to minor conditions in Shenandoah County. Minor conditions in Bath, Highland and Warren counties. Minor to clear conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties.

 

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Bath, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge 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 and traveler information also are available at 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.

 

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.

 

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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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