Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 17, 2014
LATE SEASON STORM MAKES DRIVING HAZARDOUS
STAUNTON – (4 a.m.) A blanket of heavy wet snow is making travel dangerous throughout the Shenandoah Valley on Monday morning. Snowfall is expected to continue until the afternoon, and drivers are advised to avoid the roads until conditions improve.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been plowing and treating roadways since the storm began Sunday afternoon. This weather system has brought ice and wet snow, which combine to create difficult plowing operations. Crews are working 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day with the goal of making at least one pass on all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.
VDOT will plow interstate and primary roads first and then the more heavily traveled secondary roads. Plows will work to get to neighborhoods as soon as they are able.
Here are the road conditions as of 4 a.m.
Interstate 64 – Moderate conditions in Augusta County. Minor conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.
Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Rockbridge County.
Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge and Highland counties.
Secondary roads – Severe conditions in Augusta, Rockingham and Page counties. Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
People with questions about service to their individual roads can call the VDOT customer service center at 1-800-367-7623. Citizens can place a service request if their road has not been plowed after 48 hours from the end of the storm.
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.
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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.