Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 27, 2011
MOTORISTS URGED TO DELAY TRAVEL IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON (4:45 a.m.) – Most roads in the Shenandoah Valley remain in moderate condition this morning. Motorists are strongly encouraged to delay travel and are advised to use extreme caution if driving is necessary.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been working throughout the night to plow and treat roadways and will continue to as long as conditions exist.
Here are the road conditions as of 4:45 a.m.:
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Rockbridge County. Minor conditions in Augusta and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Secondary roads - Moderate conditions in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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.
For a chart of winter weather road conditions go to 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.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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