Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 6, 2010
VDOT SAYS TO WATCH OUT FOR ICY CONDITIONS TONIGHT
STAUNTON – (9 p.m.) As roads become plowed, wet surfaces should be expected to turn icy tonight as temperatures dip into low teens. At these temperatures salt and ice melting chemicals loose some of their effectiveness. Motorists should be extremely cautious on exit ramps and bridges, particularly along the Interstate 81 corridor in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors continue to plow roadways throughout the Staunton District. Crews remain working in 12-hour shifts and will continue to work through the night and tomorrow.
Due to the high snow volume most crews have focused on interstate and primary roads. As these roads are completed more crews will begin working on secondary roads. The public is advised that it may be a few days before all roads receive at least one pass by a snow plow. This does not mean the road will be down to bare pavement.
VDOT continues to discourage all but the most necessary travel as snow plows continue to plow and treat the roadways.
Road conditions vary throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Here are the conditions for the nighttime hours:
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.
Interstate 66 – Severe conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge County.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Rockingham, Clarke, Page, Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Moderate to minor conditions in Augusta and Highland counties. Minor conditions in Bath and Rockbridge counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany County.
Secondary roads are in severe condition in Augusta, Rockingham, Clarke, Page, Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Moderate conditions are in Bath, Rockbridge and Highland counties. Minor conditions are in Alleghany County.
Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. 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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