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STA14-003

Jan. 3, 2014



SHENANDOAH VALLEY DRIVERS FACE ICY ROADS AND HIGH WINDS ON FRIDAY MORNING

STAUNTON – (4:15 a.m.) Bitter cold and strong winds combine to make for a tricky commute on Friday morning for many areas in the Shenandoah Valley. Drivers should be alert for fallen tree limbs and other debris. Most roads in the northern part of the valley have icy spots from overnight refreezing. Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat roads as needed.

 

Here are the road conditions as of 4:15 a.m.

 

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

 

I-66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

 

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

 

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

 

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath 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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