Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 12, 2015
ICY ROADS THROUGHOUT THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY MONDAY MORNING
STAUNTON – (4:15 a.m.) Drivers throughout the Shenandoah Valley should expect icy conditions due to freezing rain on Monday morning, January 12. The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to consider delaying their travel plans until temperatures rise later in the day.
VDOT has had crews working since Sunday evening to monitor road conditions and apply chemicals where needed. They will continue their efforts throughout the duration of this winter storm.
Ice is possible on any wet surface, but motorists should use extra caution when crossing bridges, overpasses, culverts and pipes. Cold air can circulate beneath the road surface in these areas, making icy pavement more likely.
Here are the road conditions as of 4:15 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
Primary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Augusta and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, 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.
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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