Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 26, 2015
SNOWY ROADS IN PARTS OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (4:15 a.m.) Snow has worked its way into the Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands, creating some slippery driving conditions in many areas for the Thursday morning commute. Snowfall is expected to continue for several hours, and drivers who must travel are urged to use caution and be alert for changing conditions.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has deployed close to 500 trucks to plow and treat roads in the 11 counties of the Staunton District. Citizens are advised to park vehicles off-street to give heavy equipment room to maneuver, and avoid clearing driveways until after their street has been plowed.
Here are the road conditions as of 4:15 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties. Clear in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Clear in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge and Highland counties. Clear in Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
Secondary roads – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland and Augusta counties. Clear in Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren 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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