Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 8, 2013
WINTER STORM BEGINS TO IMPACT VALLEY TRAVEL
VDOT Fully Prepared for Snow and Ice
STAUNTON (6 a.m.) – Virginia Department of Transportation crews in the Shenandoah Valley have begun around-the-clock staffing for the winter storm that is expected to bring icy conditions through early Monday. Some light freezing precipitation has been reported in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday.
Anti-icing operations took place Saturday throughout the Staunton District with a focus on interstates and primary roads, as well as some high-traffic secondary routes. VDOT has coordinated with tree-removal crews, power companies and local wrecker services to ensure that all resources will be ready to quickly respond to icy conditions.
VDOT advises citizens to avoid travel today if possible, and to prepare for the possibility of power outages. Drivers are advised that if a traffic signal loses power, the intersection is treated as a four-way stop. Monitor Virginia’s 511 system for updates on road conditions and incidents.
Here are the road conditions as of 6 a.m.
Interstate 64 – Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties. Clear conditions in Augusta County.
Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary Roads – Minor conditions in Highland County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Bath, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren and Clarke counties.
Secondary Roads – Minor conditions in Highland County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Bath, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren and Clarke counties.
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 winter travel information page can be found here: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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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