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Feb. 22, 2015

One I-81 Interchange and Rest Area Remain Closed

STAUNTON – (8:20 a.m.) The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 have reopened in Augusta County, after a tractor trailer accident that took place around 4:30 Sunday morning near mile marker 216. Although both travel lanes have been opened, traffic is backed up about 10 miles and will take some time to clear.


The I-81 northbound and southbound off-ramps at exit 217 and the southbound rest area at mile marker 199 remain closed due to truck parking on the ramps. The off-ramps at exits 195, 205 and 213 have been reopened.


The Virginia Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Road conditions range from minor to severe in the VDOT Staunton District. As temperatures rise on Sunday, driving conditions could change rapidly and flooding is possible on some roadways in low-lying areas.


For continually updated winter weather road conditions go to 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  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


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.

Page last modified: Feb. 22, 2015