Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 24, 2016
VDOT MAKES PROGRESS ON MAIN ROADS OVERNIGHT – BUT MUCH WORK REMAINS
STAUNTON – (5:30 a.m.) Road conditions on interstates and primary routes have steadily improved as Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors continue plowing around the clock. The Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany Highlands received 18 to 36 inches of snow, so most roadways remain covered on Sunday morning. Refreezing overnight also created icy patches, so VDOT asks the public to be patient as crews continue their work.
Due to full truck stops and to keep tractor trailers from blocking Interstate 81, VDOT has closed off-ramps at several exits. On-ramps remain open.
I-81 exit 323 in Frederick County – northbound and southbound off ramps are closed.
I-81 exit 320 in in the Clear Brook area of Frederick County – southbound off ramps are closed.
I-81 exit 213 in the Greenville area of Augusta County – southbound off ramps are closed. Northbound exit 213 truck traffic can use this exit to park at Riverheads High School.
I-81 exit 205 in the Raphine area of Rockbridge County - northbound and southbound off ramps are closed.
More than 1,000 pieces of equipment have been deployed since early Friday morning in the VDOT Staunton District, with operators working continuous 12-hour shifts. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the end of the winter storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 5:30 a.m. Sunday:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany and Bath counties.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Augusta, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Bath, Highland and Rockingham 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.
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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.