RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

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)
STA16-048

Feb. 16, 2016



SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS QUICKLY IMPROVING

STAUNTON – (11 a.m.) Sunshine and warmer temperatures are helping the Virginia Department of Transportation rapidly improve driving conditions throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Some areas of ice or snow remain, however, especially on secondary roads. Drivers should also be cautious of re-freezing as temperatures drop again Tuesday evening.

 

Crews and contractors have been plowing and treating roads in the VDOT Staunton District since Sunday. VDOT will continue to monitor roadways and treat slick spots as needed.

 

Here are the road conditions as of 11 a.m.:

 

Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Clear in Augusta County.

 

Interstate 66 – Clear in Warren County.

 

Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear in Augusta and Rockingham counties.

 

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

 

Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in all counties.

 

Traffic alerts and traveler information are available at 511Virginia.org or by dialing 511.  On the go? 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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