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CONTACT:
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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
540-292-2500 (cell)

Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA16-047

Feb. 16, 2016



ICY GLAZE ON MANY ROADS TUESDAY MORNING

STAUNTON – (4:15 a.m.) Road conditions early Tuesday morning will be dangerously icy in many parts of the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Heavy rain is moving into the region and will freeze on contact in many areas. Freezing rain creates a clear glaze on road surfaces, and the Virginia Department of Transportation advises drivers to postpone travel until temperatures rise safely above freezing.

 

VDOT crews and contractors continue their work on roadways throughout the 11-county Staunton District. They spread salt and abrasives to improve traction, but even treated roads can be very slick and require drivers to reduce their speed. VDOT is working with utility and tree trimming crews in preparation for possible downed trees and debris due to icing.

 

Here are the road conditions as of 4 a.m.:

 

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge County. Minor conditions in Alleghany 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 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Bath, Highland, Page, Frederick and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren counties.

 

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in all counties.

 

Portions of Route 606 (Sulphur Spring Road) in Alleghany County and Route 758 (Woodstock Tower Road) in Shenandoah County have been closed to through traffic for this storm. Both are narrow roadways through mountainous terrain, and can be dangerous during winter weather. The roads will reopen when conditions allow.

 

Traffic alerts and traveler information are available at 511Virginia.org or by dialing 511.  On the go?  Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to download a 511 app for Android or iOS.

 

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. Get our web-based VDOT Customer Service app here.

 

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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