Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 13, 2014
VDOT MAKING STEADY PROGRESS BUT MOST ROADS REMAIN SNOW-COVERED
STAUNTON – (11:00 a.m.) Roads throughout the Shenandoah Valley are snow-covered shortly before mid-day Thursday. Snowfall totals range from 10 to 18 inches, and additional accumulation is expected this afternoon. Interstate and primary routes are passable, but most secondary roads have not yet been plowed. The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid non-emergency travel.
The VDOT Staunton District has about 1,000 pieces of equipment deployed to plow and treat roads. Crews will remain on 12-hour shifts throughout the storm and as needed after the storm is concluded.
Here are the detailed conditions as of 11 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Severe to moderate conditions in Augusta and Rockingham counties. Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clark 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 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.
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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