Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Jan. 25, 2016
OVERNIGHT REFREEZING ADDS TO MONDAY MORNING TRAVEL HAZARDS
STAUNTON – (4:00 a.m.) Many roads in the Shenandoah Valley have patches of ice Monday morning due to bitter cold temperatures. Most secondary routes have been plowed, but may be covered with packed snow that re-froze overnight. Sight distance at intersections and private driveways may be reduced from plowed snow piles. Motorists should use extra caution in these areas and before pulling into a travel lane.
The Virginia Department of Transportation closed several exits on Interstate 81 in the Staunton District because truck-stop parking lots were full, creating the risk of stopped tractor trailers on the interstate. As of 4 a.m. Sunday the northbound and southbound off-ramps remain closed at I-81 exit 323 in Frederick County, and the truck stop is full at I-81 exit 251 in the Harrisonburg area of Rockingham County.
VDOT crews and contractors plow and treat roads on rotating 12-hour shifts, with the goal of making every state-maintained road passable within 48 hours after the end of a winter storm.
Here are the road conditions as of 4 a.m. Monday:
Interstate 64 – Clear in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
Interstate 81 – Clear in Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
Primary roads – Minor conditions in Bath, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Clear in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
Secondary roads –Moderate conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Bath and Highland counties.
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.
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 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.
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.