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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
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STA14-058

March 3, 2014



ICE AND SNOW WILL CREATE DANGEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS

STAUNTON – (4 a.m.) A dangerous combination of freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow will impact Shenandoah Valley roads today. The late-winter storm is expected to bring ice during the morning commute and up to 10 inches of wet snow by this evening.  Citizens should avoid all but emergency travel until conditions improve.

 

Virginia Department of Transportation crews are working 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads. Roughly 900 pieces of snow-removal equipment will be deployed during this storm, and will focus initially on interstate and primary routes. VDOT’s goal is to make all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends

 

Here are the road conditions as of 4 a.m. Monday:

 

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

 

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For around-the-clock updates on road conditions go to www.511Virginia.org, look for 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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