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CONTACT:
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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
540-292-2500 (cell)
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA15-052

Feb. 21, 2015



AVOID TRAVEL IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY TONIGHT
I-81 Off Ramps Closed at Exit 205 and Exit 213 Due to Truck Parking

STAUNTON – (9:45 p.m.) Travel conditions throughout the Shenandoah Valley remain treacherous. Snow will gradually leave the region in the overnight hours. Close to a foot has fallen in many areas. All travel in the region should be avoided if at all possible.

On Interstate 81 the northbound and southbound off-ramps are closed at Exit 205 and Exit 213 due to truck parking on the ramps. Truck stops at these locations are full. 

A portion of Route 220 is closed near the Alleghany and Botetourt County line due to a snow slide in the roadway. There is no estimated reopening time but crews are working to clear the road.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews will continue to plow and treat roads, working 12 hour shifts. Work will continue into Sunday. VDOT’s goal is to have one pass on all roadways within 48 hours after the end of a storm.

Here are the 10 p.m. road conditions:

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Severe conditions in Rockbridge County. Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

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

Secondary roads - Severe conditions in Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.  Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page 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 also are available at 511Virginia.org.  On the go?  Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS.  Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

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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