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Feb. 22, 2015

I-81 Northbound Closed in Augusta County; Several Interchanges Also Closed

STAUNTON – (6:15 a.m.) Driving conditions on Sunday morning remain hazardous throughout the Shenandoah Valley in the wake of a snowstorm that dumped up to 18 inches on some areas. The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to avoid all but emergency travel.


A tractor-trailer accident has closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near mile marker 216 in Augusta County. Currently there is a 6-mile traffic backup as a result of the accident. There is no estimate yet for reopening the interstate, and incident responders are working to set up a detour. Updates on this situation can be found at


The I-81 northbound and southbound off-ramps are closed at exits 195, 205, 213 and 217 due to truck parking on the ramps. Truck stops at these locations are full. In addition, the southbound rest area at mile marker 199 in Rockbridge County is closed due to trucks parked on the ramps.


The VDOT Staunton District crews continue to work 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads. Their goal is to have one pass on all roadways within 48 hours after the end of a storm.


Here are the road conditions as of 6:15 a.m. Sunday:


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


Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.


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


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


Secondary roads - Severe conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Highland and Rockbridge counties.  Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.


For 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.




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Page last modified: Feb. 22, 2015