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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA15-069

March 5, 2015



MODERATE ROAD CONDITIONS PERSIST IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (10 p.m.) Most roads in the Shenandoah Valley are in moderate condition following today’s snow storm that brought up to nine inches to some parts of the region.

Many roads are covered with snow and ice.  Although passable, travel on these roads should be avoided if possible tonight. 

Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat roadways. Temperatures are in the teens and expected to go into single digits before dawn.  At these temperatures salt loses its ability to melt snow.  Abrasives are applied to roads with the salt and other chemicals.  However, motorists should still expect treacherous driving conditions during the overnight and early morning hours.

Here are the 10 p.m. road conditions:

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Augusta and Frederick counties.  Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.

Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in 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.

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.

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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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