Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 5, 2015
ALL I-81 NORTHBOUND LANES HAVE REOPENED IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY AND WINCHESTER
STAUNTON – (3:30 p.m.) All lanes on Interstate 81 northbound, previously closed for accidents, have reopened.
Earlier this afternoon a multi-vehicle crash closed both Interstate 81 northbound lanes at mile marker 259 in Rockingham County. Reports from the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operations Center indicated 10 vehicles were involved. This location is between exit 257 at Route 11 in the Mauzy area and exit 264 at Route 211 in the New Market area of Shenandoah County. All lanes have reopened in this location.
A tractor trailer fire had closed both I-81 northbound lanes at mile marker 315 in the Winchester area. This location is between exit 313 at Route 17/50/522 and exit 317 at Route 11. All lanes have reopened at this location.
Snow is beginning to taper off in the southern portion of the Shenandoah Valley. Travel is still not advised in this region. Roads remain in moderate condition.
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.
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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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