Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 16, 2015
FIRST WIDESPREAD SNOWSTORM OF 2015 BLANKETS ROADS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (4 p.m.) Snow is covering roadways throughout western Virginia on Monday afternoon, creating slippery driving conditions on most interstate, primary and secondary routes. Conditions may worsen as the winter storm continues tonight and Tuesday morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.
The VDOT Staunton District has about 900 pieces of heavy equipment plowing and treating roads in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Crews will continue to work 12-hour shifts for the duration of the storm event, with the goal of making all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the snowfall ends.
To help maintain interstate traffic flow, VDOT has extended its Safety Service Patrol operations and coordinated with private towing companies to stage wreckers at more than a dozen interchanges.
Here are the road conditions as of 4 p.m. on Monday:
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 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor to Moderate conditions in Frederick County.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke 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.
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.