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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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STA14-073

March 16, 2014



TRAVEL NOT ADVISED IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY TONIGHT

STAUNTON – (10 p.m.) Heavy snow continues to cover roads in the Shenandoah Valley tonight.  Most roads are in moderate condition in the northern part of the Valley with minor conditions in the far southern areas.  Road temperatures are expected to remain below freezing tonight, causing snow to stick to road surfaces.

Here are the road conditions as of 10 p.m.

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

Interstate 66 – Moderate conditions in Warren County.

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

Primary roads -  Moderate conditions in Page, Clarke, Warren, Frederick, and Rockingham counties.  Minor to moderate conditions in Augusta and Shenandoah counties.  Minor conditions in Bath, Highland, Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.

Secondary roads -  Moderate conditions in Page, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Rockingham, August and Highland counties.  Minor conditions in Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Heavy wet snow is forecasted to continue throughout the night into Monday morning. Citizens are advised to shelter in place during this weather event.  Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be monitoring and treating roadways during the night and into Monday.  They will work 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.  

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. 

VDOT will plow interstate and primary roads first and then the more heavily traveled secondary roads.  This storm will bring ice and heavy wet snow, making for difficult plowing operations.  Crews will work to get to neighborhoods as soon as they are able.

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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