Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 6, 2015
SHENANDOAH VALLEY DRIVERS CAN EXPECT ICY ROADS
STAUNTON – (4:15 a.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation has been working around the clock to clear snow and ice from the roadways of the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands, but treacherous driving conditions persist in many areas Friday morning. In the wake of a winter storm that dumped up to nine inches of snow, roads are in minor to moderate condition and demand extreme caution.
VDOT crews and contractors battled single-digit temperatures as they continued to plow and treat roadways overnight. This bitter cold reduces the effectiveness of road salt, so abrasives are mixed in to help improve traction for drivers.
On Friday crews will continue to improve the condition of interstate and primary roads and then focus on secondary routes and subdivision streets. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the end of a storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 4:15 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Frederick County. Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta and Shenandoah counties. Clear in Rockingham County.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor condition in Alleghany, Bath and Rockbridge counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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 also are available at 511Virginia.org. 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.
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.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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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