Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 16, 2010
EARLY EVENING SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROAD CONDITIONS
STAUNTON (4:15 p.m.) – Snow is gradually ending in the Shenandoah Valley as early evening begins. Motorists should drive only if necessary. If driving motorists should use extreme caution and keep their speeds low when driving on snow and ice.
A multi-vehicle accident occurring in mid-afternoon on Interstate 81 at mile marker 279 has both northbound lanes closed until later tonight. Officials at the Virginia Transportation Operation Center say it will be several hours before the lanes can be reopened. This location is at exit 279 in the Edinburg area of Shenandoah County. Traffic is leaving I-81 at the 279 exit ramp and reentering the road using the on ramp at exit 279. Truck fuel needs to be off-loaded and a wrecker is not on the scene yet.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are out plowing and treating the roadways. Here are the road conditions as of 4:15 p.m.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Minor conditions in Rockingham, Frederick and Shenandoah counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Clarke, Page, Warren and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Warren, Clarke, Page, Frederick and Shenandoah counties.
For winter weather road conditions go the www.511Virginia.org, 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.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.
VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT webpage is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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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