Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 15, 2015
VDOT READY THROUGHOUT THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY WINTER STORM
STAUNTON – Significant snow is forecasted for the Shenandoah Valley during the day and into the evening on Monday, February 16 and continuing into Tuesday. As with any forecasted winter event, Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be pre-staged throughout the Valley along with contractors. Safety Service Patrols will increase for this weather event. Coordination is also being done with wrecker services. As part of storm preparation, the VDOT Staunton District will be mobilizing 900 pieces of equipment.
Driving during this winter weather event is not advised. The public is asked to shelter in place or have a plan to avoid travel if possible. VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hour after a winter storm ends. Crews will work around the clock in 12-hour shifts throughout the winter storm event.
This storm may also bring power outages. If drivers encounter a dark traffic signal, Virginia law requires the intersection be treated as a four-way stop.
There are a variety of resources the public can use for VDOT information regarding road conditions and incidents. Please do not use your phone or device while driving.
- www.511.Virginia provides traffic cameras, winter road conditions, incident locations and descriptions, highway electronic signs locations and displayed messages.
- 511 Phone System – Dial 511 for information on roads throughout Virginia.
- www.VirginiaDOT.org provides press releases, winter weather fact sheets, social media resources and a variety of other VDOT services.
- 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD) is the VDOT Customer Service Center number where citizens can call to report potholes, ask questions and speak to representatives regarding VDOT operations and services.
- VDOT Apps: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app
- VDOT Social Media listings: http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/social_media.asp
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.
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.