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March 6, 2013



DEPARTING SNOW LEAVES RAPIDLY IMPROVING ROAD CONDITIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY

STAUNTON – (4:15 p.m.) Snow ended in mid-afternoon for most of the Shenandoah Valley.  Warmer temperatures have helped with road conditions.  Roads are rapidly clearing but motorist should be aware of icy spots and refreezing conditions tonight.  

Transportation crews have been out plowing and treating the roads since 8 p.m. on Tuesday and will continue to monitor, plow and treat roads as needed tonight.

Here are the road conditions as of 4:15 p.m.

Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County.  Clear conditions in Rockbridge and Alleghany counties.

Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.

Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties.

Primary Roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Bath and Rockbridge counties.  Minor conditions in Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Shenandoah, Frederick, and Clarke counties.

Secondary Roads – Moderate conditions in Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren and Page counties.  Minor conditions in Frederick County.  Clear conditions in Alleghany County.

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.

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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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