Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 24, 2009
VDOT ENCOURAGES MOTORISTS TO PLAN TRAVEL AROUND ICY WEATHER
STAUNTON – (1 p.m.) Freezing rain and ice are expected to fall in the Shenandoah Valley late tonight and continuing into tomorrow morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation strongly recommends motorists adjust their travel plans around the winter weather.
Crews began pre-treating roads yesterday and today with anti-icing solution on the interstate system throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Primary roads in portions of Augusta, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and Page counties were also pre-treated. Supplies for snow and ice removal operations have been restocked since the snow storm last weekend.
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.
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
• Check road conditions before you 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
VDOT has a variety of information sources for road condition updates. The 511 traveler-information service gives drivers the most up-to-date data available about weather, construction and accidents that may affect travel. Updates can be received by calling 511 from any landline or wireless phone or by going online to www.511virginia.org to view traffic cameras, the road condition map and the road condition table-report. Individuals can sign up for e-mail alerts that include weather and incident reporting on the 511 Web site.
For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube. Snow videos are posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC
For more information about Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov. The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the “Ready Virginia” resource to provide residents and visitors with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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