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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA15-068

March 5, 2015



SNOW LEAVES SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS IN MODERATE CONDITION

STAUNTON – (4 p.m.) Snow departing the Shenandoah Valley is leaving all roads in moderate condition.  Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors have been plowing and treating roadways all day during heavy snowfall.  Approximately 900 pieces of equipment are deployed in the VDOT Staunton District for this storm.

People are still advised to avoid travel in the region to let plows continue their work.  Plow drivers will continue 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day to clear roads.

On Interstate 81 the northbound and southbound off-ramps are closed at Exit 323 due to truck parking on the ramps. The truck stop at this location is full. 

Numerous accidents have occurred throughout the region today.  Snow totals in the region range from 5.5 inches to 9 inches.

Temperatures tonight are expected to go into the single digits.  Roads with any moisture on them will be treacherous and extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary this evening.

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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