Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Dec. 5, 2009
ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – (10:00 p.m.) The snow has stopped and road conditions are improving in the Shenandoah Valley. Many roads are clear or in minor condition. Motorists should watch for icy patches and black ice as temperatures dip below freezing during the nighttime hours.
Here are the late night road conditions:
Interstate 64, 66 and 81 – Clear conditions except for minor conditions on I-64 in Augusta County. Watch for slush and icy patches.
Primary roads –Minor conditions are in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions are in Bath, Highland, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions are reported in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, and Rockingham counties.
Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro cities are reporting minor conditions.
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.
The following is a list of 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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