Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 4, 2010
VDOT ASKS PUBLIC TO PLAN FOR OFF STREET PARKING IF POSSIBLE
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for the significant snowfall forecasted on Friday and Saturday. The public is also being asked to plan ahead for the pending winter storm. Errands and activities that involve travel on the roadways are being encouraged to be completed on Thursday while main roads are still free of snow and ice.
VDOT is advising the public not to travel during the snow storm unless it is absolutely necessary. VDOT plows and contractors will be out plowing and treating the roads but roads will still be in hazardous condition during periods of heavy snowfall.
Where possible, VDOT is also requesting people to park their vehicles in driveways or off state maintained roads. This greatly assists snow plow drivers and prevents vehicles from getting plowed-in along the roadside.
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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