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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
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STA09-247

Dec. 21, 2009



DRIVE WITH CAUTION IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (5 a.m.) Crews continue treating roads after weekend snowfall covered the Shenandoah Valley. Most roads are passable this morning, but motorists should drive with extreme caution as icy patches may exist in some areas. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.

Abandoned vehicles also remain on or near roads in the Valley. Crews are working to remove them in order to proceed with snow removal operations in those sections.

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

Interstate 64 – Severe conditions in Augusta County. Moderate conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.

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

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

Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Page, Clarke and Warren counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, 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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