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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)
STA16-046

Feb. 16, 2016



VDOT ASKING DRIVERS TO REDUCE SPEED – ROADWAY GLAZING OCCURRING THROUGHOUT SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (9:15 p.m.) Road conditions are rapidly deteriorating in the Shenandoah Valley. Air and road surface temperatures are in the upper 20s. Any wet surface is refreezing and creating icy surfaces. All unnecessary travel should be avoided tonight.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contract workers continue to treat roadways.

Despite treated roadways, it is critical for drivers to travel at reduced speeds. Light freezing rain and sleet continues to fall in the region, causing surfaces to glaze over, creating treacherous driving conditions.

Here are the road conditions at 9:15 p.m.

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

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 Frederick, Clarke, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties. Minor to moderate conditions in Shenandoah County. Minor conditions in Warren County.

Secondary roads - Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties

The VDOT Staunton District has 850 pieces of equipment for this storm. Crews are working 12-hour shifts with approximately 1000 people per shift including VDOT and contractor crews. VDOT is working with utility and tree trimming crews in preparation for possible downed trees and debris due to icing.

In Alleghany County approximately 5.5-miles of Route 606 (Sulphur Spring Road) is closed to through traffic during this storm. Route 606 is a narrow roadway through mountainous terrain, and can be dangerous during winter weather. The road will reopen when conditions allow. The closure will be between Route 699 (Morris Hollow Road) and Route 703 (Airport Road).

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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