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STA17-052

March 14, 2017



SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS IMPROVING – BUT EXPECT RE-FREEZING TONIGHT

STAUNTON – (11:15 a.m.) The winter storm that brought up to six inches of snow and sleet to the Shenandoah Valley is moving out of the region as of mid-day Tuesday. Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors continue to plow and treat roadways as needed, and road conditions are rapidly improving.

Temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing tonight, however, so wet pavement will likely glaze over and create “black ice.” These conditions are especially prevalent on bridges, overpasses and low-volume roadways.  VDOT urges motorists to use extreme caution if travel is necessary Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Here are the road conditions as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday:

Interstate 64 – Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.

Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

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

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

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

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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