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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
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STA15-049

Feb. 21, 2015



WINTER STORM CREATES HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (9:30 a.m.) Heavy snow is falling in many parts of the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands on Saturday morning, creating dangerous road conditions and poor visibility. Snow is expected to continue for several hours, and may mix with sleet or freezing rain this afternoon or evening.

 

Interstates, primary roads and secondary routes are all reported to be in moderate condition as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. This means road surfaces are mostly covered with snow or ice. The Virginia Department of Transportation cautions drivers to avoid unnecessary travel until conditions improve.

 

The VDOT Staunton District has about 900 pieces of equipment on duty to plow and treat roadways. Crews work 12-hour shifts as they plow interstate and primary routes first, and then secondary roads and subdivision streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the end of a winter storm.

 

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.

 

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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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