Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 12, 2014
VDOT IS STORM READY
STAUNTON – Virginia Department of Transportation crews are storm ready for the forecasted heavy snow in the Shenandoah Valley on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Anti-icing operations were performed on Staunton District interstate and primary roads on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coordination with contractors for snow removal, tree cutting and removal and wrecker services are complete.
Tonight crews will be pre-staged for snow removal operations to begin as soon as the predicted snow starts to fall. VDOT crews will operate on 12-hour shifts throughout the storm and after as needed to clear roads. Approximately 1000 pieces of equipment will be used for snow removal operations in the VDOT Staunton District.
People are advised to make plans to shelter in place and avoid travel if at all possible during the storm. This allows plow drivers to do their work and helps to avoid vehicles that may become stuck along roadways.
This storm may also bring power outages. If drivers encounter a dark traffic signal, Virginia law requires the intersection be treated as a four-way stop.
There are a variety of resources the public can use for VDOT information regarding road conditions and incidents. Please do not use your phone or device while driving.
- http://www.511virginia.org/ provides traffic cameras, winter road conditions, incident locations and descriptions, highway electronic signs locations and displayed messages.
- 511 Phone System – Dial 511 for information on roads throughout Virginia.
- www.VirginiaDOT.org provides press releases, winter weather fact sheets, social media resources and a variety of other VDOT services.
- 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD) is the VDOT Customer Service Center number where citizens can call to report potholes, ask questions and speak to representatives regarding VDOT operations and services.
- VDOT Apps: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app
- VDOT Social Media listings: http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/social_media.asp
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.
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.