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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA14-030

Jan. 29, 2014



SLIPPERY MORNING COMMUTE ON WEDNESDAY FOR THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (4:00 a.m.) Drivers will find many snow-covered roads on Wednesday morning in the Shenandoah Valley. Temperatures have been well below freezing for several days, so untreated roadways including many secondary routes are especially challenging for drivers.  

 

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have been working since Tuesday evening to plow and treat roads throughout the valley. VDOT urges motorists to use caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.

 

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

 

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany County. Moderate to minor conditions in Rockbridge County.  Minor conditions in Augusta County.

 

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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