Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 16, 2016
ICY ROADS POSSIBLE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is ready for the possibility of freezing rain and sleet late Friday night through Saturday morning (December 16-17). VDOT advises motorists to postpone travel until temperatures rise above freezing, which is expected about mid-morning Saturday.
If driving during this period, take extra caution on elevated surfaces, such as bridges and ramps, which tend to freeze first. Road surfaces at these locations may have sub-freezing temperatures longer for this weather event due to recent days with temperatures in the teens and twenties.
The VDOT Staunton District has applied anti-icing brine to interstates, major primary roads and high-volume secondary routes. Crews will be on duty throughout the district by midnight Friday night, ready to treat roadways as needed.
Motorists should keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing or treating the road.
- Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency-response vehicles.
- Drive smart and pay close attention. Never text and drive – it’s a secondary offense in Virginia.
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.
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