Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 5, 2015
HAZARDOUS TRAVEL IN MUCH OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (11:15 a.m.) Heavy snow and sleet are again creating treacherous driving conditions in most parts of the Shenandoah Valley. Snowfall is expected to continue through Thursday evening, and motorists who must venture out are advised to drive with extreme caution.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has deployed nearly 900 trucks to clear roadways in the 11 counties of the Staunton District. Single-digit temperatures are expected Thursday night, so even roads that have been plowed and treated may turn icy.
Citizens are advised to park vehicles off-street when possible to give heavy equipment room to maneuver, and avoid clearing driveways until after their street has been plowed.
Here are the road conditions as of 11:15 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Augusta County. Minor conditions in Alleghany County. Clear in Rockbridge County.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear in Rockbridge County.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Bath, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany County. Clear in Rockbridge County.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Bath, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany County. Clear in Rockbridge County.
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.
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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