VDOT News - Staunton

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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
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March 21, 2018



WINTER HAS LANDED ITS MOST POWERFUL PUNCH

STAUNTON – (4 a.m.) Several inches of snowfall have made driving hazardous in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands on Wednesday morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation has mobilized 900-950 pieces of snow-removal equipment in the Staunton District, but strongly urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.

VDOT crews are deployed on continuous 12-hour shifts throughout the district’s 11 counties. The goal is to have plows make at least one pass on every state-maintained road within 48 hours after the storm ends. Motorists who must travel during the winter storm need to buckle up, and give snow-removal operators room to safely work.

Tree-removal crews are on standby in the Staunton District to assist with roads blocked by fallen trees or limbs. Heavy wreckers are staged at several locations along Interstates 81 and 64 to quickly remove disabled vehicles and help keep travel lanes open.

Here are the road conditions as of 4:00 a.m. in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District:

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

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

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

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

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

Road condition definitions:

Closed – Road is closed to all traffic.
Severe – drifting or partially blocked road.
Moderate – snow or ice on major portions of the roadway. 
Minor – bare pavement except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.  Driving with caution is recommended.

Road conditions and traffic cameras can be found on the VDOT 511 website at http://www.511Virginia.org, Roads with snow conditions will be marked minor, moderate, severe or closed.

For a text listing of winter weather road conditions go to http://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.

On the go?  Then visit VDOT’s Free Virginia 511 Tools to get your 511 app for android or iOS. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can be accessed through its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are on site 24/7 every day of the year to assist the public. People can also call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623).

The Staunton District Snow Page is on the VDOT website under Travel Center Snow Emergency Pages. The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

VDOT statewide Twitter messages can be found at @VaDOT. The nine districts can be found at:Hampton Roads  @VaDOTHR; Richmond @VaDOTRVA; Northern Virginia @VaDOTNOVA;  Fredericksburg @VaDOTFred; Culpeper @VaDOTCulp; Lynchburg  @VaDOTLynchburg; Bristol @VaDOTBristol; Salem @VaDOTSalem; Staunton  @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 http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.

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