Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 5, 2015
HEAVY, WET SNOW EXPECTED FOR THURSDAY COMMUTE IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – Heavy snow is expected to impact drivers during the morning and evening commute on Thursday. Many portions of the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands are expected to receive up to eight inches or more throughout the day. The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary.
VDOT crews and contractors reported for duty overnight throughout the 11 counties of the Staunton District. They will work rotating 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads as needed.
Here are some key facts about storm response in the VDOT Staunton District, by the numbers:
- 3 – The district is divided into three residencies, which allows us to maximize local experience with weather trends and road conditions.
- 13 –The number of interchanges along I-81 and I-64 where tow trucks are staged for quick response in case of accidents. We also have increased Safety Service Patrol coverage on the interstates.
- 48 –It is VDOT’s goal to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends. Interstates and primary roads are plowed first, followed by secondary roads and subdivision streets.
- 511 – VDOT’s statewide tool for getting up-to-the-minute road conditions and other vital travel information. It’s available on the phone, online and with mobile apps. Free Virginia 511 Tools will give you all the details.
- 900 –The approximate number of VDOT and contractor trucks out on the roadways of the district, plowing and treating until the job is done.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath 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.
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.
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.