Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 26, 2014
VDOT MAKING PROGRESS ON SHENANDOAH VALLEY ROADS
I-64 Closures in Alleghany County for Accident Cleanup
STAUNTON – (4:30 p.m.) The Virginia Department of Transportation is making steady progress on roads in the Shenandoah Valley, but many routes remain in minor to moderate condition. Sub-freezing temperatures are expected overnight, which could create slick spots especially on untreated roads for Thanksgiving morning.
Periodic 30-minute closures are taking place on Interstate 64 in Alleghany County this afternoon as incident-response teams work to unload and remove an overturned tanker truck near mile marker 20. This operation is expected to finish Wednesday evening.
Snow plow drivers 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 plows interstate and primary roads first, and then secondary roads and neighborhood streets.
Here are the road conditions as of 4:30 p.m.
Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta and Rockingham counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Minor to moderate conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Clarke and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath and Rockbridge counties.
Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties.
For updates on 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.
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.
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. Drive with caution.
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.