Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 19, 2009
MOTORISTS SHOULD STAY OFF ROADS
Portions of I-81 Remain Closed in Rockbridge and Augusta Counties
STAUNTON – (2:30 p.m.) Significant sections of Interstate 81 southbound are closed or moving very slow from exit 220 to exit 180 in Augusta and Rockbridge counties. Motorists, especially tractor trailers or cars with trailers, should avoid travel and seek shelter until road conditions improve.
Most roads are in severe condition. Virginia Department of Transportation crews continue to work on treating roads throughout the area.
Emergency crews are working to get to motorists waiting in traffic on snowy roads. The high snow and number of vehicles are making travel difficult.
Motorists should only call #77 and 911 for emergencies. Road condition information is available by calling 511 or by visiting http://511virginia.org.
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.
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