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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA17-051

March 14, 2017



SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS HAZARDOUS TUESDAY MORNING

STAUNTON – (4 a.m.) A late winter storm is creating hazardous road conditions in many parts of the Shenandoah Valley Tuesday morning, and the Virginia Department of Transportation asks motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.

The VDOT Staunton District has 1,200 pieces of equipment deployed to clear snow throughout the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath. VDOT crews and contractors have been treating and plowing roadways since Monday afternoon, and continue to work 12-hour shifts until all roads are clear.

Here are the road conditions as of 4 a.m. Tuesday:

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Augusta County. Minor conditions in Alleghany County. Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

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

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

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

For updates on 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 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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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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