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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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STA14-061

March 3, 2014



TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY TONIGHT

STAUNTON –  (9:30 p.m.) Plows have made some progress on roads throughout the Shenandoah Valley, however driving is still not advised. Due to overnight temperatures near the zero mark, most road surfaces will be prone to ice, making for treacherous driving conditions.  If travel is necessary, motorists should give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews will continue to plow roadways throughout the night.  Road treatment with salt and chemicals will resume later on Wednesday once temperatures rise.

VDOT’s goal is to have at least one pass on roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Here are the road conditions as of 9:30 p.m.

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

Interstate 66 - Clear conditions in Warren County.

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

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

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

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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