Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 22, 2015
SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS IMPROVE, BUT ICY SPOTS REMAIN
Continual Updates Available at 511Virginia.org
STAUNTON – (11 a.m.) Snowplows and sunshine are combining to improve driving conditions in the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Many primary and secondary roads remain covered in snow or ice, however, and the Virginia Department of Transportation urges drivers to use extreme caution. Conditions could change rapidly as snow melts on Sunday afternoon, and flooding is possible in some low-lying areas.
The Interstate 81 southbound rest area at mile marker 199 remains closed due to truck parking on the ramps.
Crews are working 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads throughout the 11 counties of the VDOT Staunton District. Their goal is to have at least one pass on all roadways within 48 hours after the end of a storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 11 a.m. Sunday:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Severe conditions in Rockbridge and Highland counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Shenandoah and Clarke counties. Minor conditions in Augusta, Page and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge and Highland counties. Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
For winter weather road conditions go to 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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