Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 24, 2016
HAVE PATIENCE – STAY OFF THE ROADS – LET THE PLOWS DO THEIR WORK
STAUNTON – (10:30 p.m.) Road conditions are slowly improving as crews continue to plow roads throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Snow totals range between one to three feet in the region. The public is asked for patience and to continue to shelter in place as crews proceed with their work. Refreezing is anticipated for all plowed surfaces tonight.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors have been deployed since early Friday morning, working continuously in 12-hour shifts.
Due to full truck stops and to keep tractor trailers from blocking Interstate 81, VDOT closed off-ramps at several exits. On-ramps at all exits are open.
I-81 exit 323 in Frederick County – northbound and southbound off ramps are closed
I-81 exit 320 in in the Clear Brook area of Frederick County – southbound off ramps are closed.
I-81 exit 213B in the Greenville area of Augusta County –off ramps are closed. Exit 213 northbound truck traffic can use this exit to park at Riverheads High School.
I-81 exit 205 in the Raphine area of Rockbridge County - northbound and southbound off ramps are closed.
The 11-county VDOT Staunton District has 1000 pieces of equipment including VDOT trucks and contractor equipment deployed for plow operations. There are 2000 people performing snow removal, which includes VDOT crews as well as contractors.
Here are the road conditions as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Augusta counties. Minor conditions are in Rockbridge County.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Severe conditions are in Frederick County. Moderate conditions in Augusta and Shenandoah counties. Minor conditions are in Rockbridge and Rockingham counties.
Primary roads – Severe conditions are in Frederick County. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor to moderate conditions are in Rockbridge. Minor conditions are in Bath County.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Moderate conditions in Highland 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.
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 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.
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.