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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Nov. 25, 2013



VDOT PREPARING FOR WINTER WEATHER IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY REGION

STAUNTON –The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin pre-treating some interstate and primary roads in the Shenandoah Valley region today in advance of forecasted winter weather for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Interstate 81 from the southern end of Rockbridge County to the West Virginia state line, Interstate 66 from Interstate 81 to eastern Warren County and Interstate 64 in Augusta County including Afton Mountain will all receive chemical anti-icing treatment.

The pre-treating anti-icing process uses chemicals which are applied to the road up to 48 hours before a winter storm.  This prevents a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice after the storm starts.  VDOT uses liquid magnesium chloride, calcium chloride and sodium chloride for anti-icing and pre-treating.

Drivers who encounter trucks involved in anti-icing operations should slow down.  For proper allocation, crews will be driving slower than highway speeds.  Do not follow the trucks too closely, as the chemicals are slightly slippery for the first 30 to 45 seconds they are on the pavement.

 For winter weather road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table”. Look at the pull down box that lists all jurisdictions.  In this box individual counties can be chosen to view.

 Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 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 Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page 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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