Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 23, 2016
VDOT TO DRIVERS: STAY HOME THIS MORNING
STAUNTON – (5:15 a.m.) Driving conditions are dangerous throughout the Shenandoah Valley early Saturday morning, even as snow plow operators continue working around the clock. The Virginia Department of Transportation warns against non-emergency travel. The 11-county VDOT Staunton District has received 12 to 18 inches of snowfall, and additional accumulation is expected throughout the day.
Due to full truck stops and to prevent tractor trailers from blocking Interstate 81, VDOT has closed off-ramps at several exits. All on-ramps remain open.
I-81 exit 323 in the Clear Brook area of Frederick County – northbound and southbound off ramps are closed.
I-81 exit 291 in Toms Brook area of Shenandoah County – northbound and southbound off ramps are closed.
I-81 exit 213 in the Greenville area of Augusta County – southbound off ramp is closed. Southbound trucks can use rest area at mile marker 159 in Botetourt County. Northbound off-ramp is open, and northbound trucks can use this exit to park at nearby Riverheads High School.
I-81 exit 205 in Raphine area of Rockbridge County – northbound and southbound off ramps are closed. Southbound trucks can use the rest area at mile marker 159 in Botetourt County. Northbound trucks can park at Riverheads High School off exit 213.
I-81 exit 195 in the Timber Ridge and Lexington area of Rockbridge County – northbound and southbound off ramps are closed. Southbound trucks can use rest area at mile marker 159 in Botetourt County. Northbound trucks can park at Riverheads High School off exit 213.
VDOT crews and contractors are using more than 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to plow and treat roadways in the Staunton District. They work 12-hour shifts until all state-maintained roads are cleared, which is expected to take several days. VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after the end of a storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 5:15 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Page and Frederick counties. Moderate conditions in Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Rockingham, Highland and Bath counties.
In Alleghany County, approximately 5.5-miles of Route 606 (Sulphur Spring Road) is closed to through traffic. Route 606 is a narrow roadway through mountainous terrain, and can be dangerous during winter weather. The road will reopen when conditions allow.
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.