Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 19, 2009
I-81 IS CLOSED SOUTHBOUND NEAR LEXINGTON
STAUNTON – Interstate 81 southbound is closed in the Lexington area at mile marker 188. This is in the area of exit 188 at Route 60. Traffic is being detoured at exit 191 at the I-64 interchange to Route 11 southbound and rejoining I-81 at exit 168. The closure is due to a disabled tractor trailer that occurred earlier on Saturday. Traffic in the area is backed up approximately five miles.
Motorists are strongly advised not to travel today in the Shenandoah Valley area. Driving conditions are extremely hazardous. Virtually all roads are in severe condition. Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat roads throughout the Valley area. Snow continues to fall in the area with accumulations of up to two feet in some locations.
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. People who are driving in winter road conditions should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.
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.
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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