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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Sandy.Myers@vdot.virginia.gov
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
540-414-5670 (cell)
STA09-248

Dec. 21, 2009



CREWS CONTINUE TO WORK IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (10 a.m.) Most interstate and primary roads are passable and in minor to moderate condition in the Shenandoah Valley this morning. Motorists should drive with caution as icy patches may exist in areas.

Operations are concluding on interstates and crews are focusing on primary roads.  Most secondary roads have been treated and plows will go back as needed.

Over the weekend, some procedures were delayed due to abandoned vehicles left on roads and shoulders in the Valley. Crews worked to remove them in order to proceed with snow removal operations in those sections.

Monday Midmorning conditions:
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Augusta County from the I-81 interchange to exit 94. Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.

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

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

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

Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. People should not drive unless absolutely necessary.

Driving Tips
Drivers should:
• Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
• Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.  

For a chart of winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org site, look to the left side of the page and click on the “Road Conditions” bar. A map will appear with color coded roads. Right above the map is a link reading: “Click here for a list of road conditions, including secondary roads”. Click on this link, then in the drop-down box click on the desired county or Virginia statewide. A text box of road conditions will appear.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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Closed – Roadway is closed; impassable
Severe – Significant accumulations of snow or ice blocking the roadway; conditions are hazardous
Moderate – Snow or ice covering a major portion of the roadway; passable with caution
Minor –  Advisory, potential for icy patches or snow on roadway; passable with caution



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