Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 1, 2015
ICY ROADS ARE AGAIN A THREAT FOR SUNDAY
STAUNTON – Snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the Sunday forecast for the Shenandoah Valley, so the Virginia Department of Transportation advises drivers to use extreme caution. Some areas could see a tenth of an inch of ice, and road conditions can change rapidly.
VDOT crews reported for duty at midnight throughout the 11 counties of the Staunton District. They continually monitor conditions and plow or treat roadways as needed.
Motorists should keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Leave a few minutes early.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles
- Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency-response vehicles.
- Don’t drive distracted. Give the road your full attention.
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.
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.