Traffic & Transportation
State, valley brace for Hurricane Joaquin
October 1, 2015
As Hurricane Joaquin creeps closer to the East Coast, residents, organizations and agencies throughout the commonwealth and the Northern Shenandoah Valley are bracing for the impacts from likely heavy rains and wind.
Drunken driving crash leads to 11-year prison sentence
September 28, 2015
A Winchester woman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that left the driver in another vehicle paralyzed from the neck down.
Parkway project contract awarded
September 25, 2015
FRONT ROYAL – After months and years of planning, the town of Front Royal and County of Warren appear set to begin work on Leach Run Parkway project.
VDOT officials blame leaking sewer pipe for hole
September 9, 2015
The hole on U.S. 11 that reduced traffic to a single lane near Comer Street in Edinburg for much of Tuesday was caused by a leaking sewer line, VDOT officials said Wednesday.
Officials initially classified the trouble spot as a sinkhole. Sandy Myers, a spokeswoman for VDOT, said road crews digging into the soil beneath the broken pavement discovered the defective sewer line.
Myers said geologists concluded that the pipe had been leaking for “quite some time.”
The U.S. Geological Survey defines sinkholes as cavities that form below ground as a result of natural groundwater circulating among rocks such as limestone, carbonate rock and salt beds.
“In the geological sense, this was not a sinkhole,” Myers said. “It was caused by a leaking sewer line.
The hole in downtown Edinburg closed traffic in the southbound lane of U.S. 11 from late in the morning until about 10 p.m. when work crews completed their repairs, Myers said. Traffic from both directions was funneled into the northbound lane during the repairs.
Road crews worked into the night excavating the hole with a back hoe. A septic tank truck pumped effluent out the sewer line before the installation of a new segment of pipe about five feet below the street.
he hole on U.S. 11 that reduced traffic to a single lane near Comer Street in Edinburg for much of Tuesday was caused by a leaking sewer line, VDOT officials said Wednesday.
Sinkhole closes lane in Edinburg
September 8, 2015
A sinkhole closed the southbound lane of U.S. 11 near Comer Street in Edinburg around noon Tuesday.
State police increase Labor Day weekend patrols
September 4, 2015
Virginia State Police have stepped up stationary and roving patrols during the Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce accidents caused by drunken driving, speeding and failing to use occupant restraints.
Association seeks public crossing designation
August 4, 2015
FRONT ROYAL — The homeowner’s association for Shenandoah River Estates wants to change the designation of the Mary’s Shady Lane railroad crossing from private to public.
Railroad work stops drivers in their tracks
July 29, 2015
FRONT ROYAL — For several hours on Wednesday, the residents of Mary Shady Lane in Front Royal were stuck with nowhere to go.
July 4 traffic fatalities fall to lowest since 2002
July 7, 2015
Traffic accidents claimed four lives on Virginia roads over the Fourth of July weekend, the lowest total for the holiday period since 2002, Virginia State Police said.
Corridor H development moves forward without Va.
June 29, 2015
Recent years have seen a re-prioritization by West Virginia officials to complete the Appalachian Development Highway System’s Corridor H within the state. Meant to stretch from Interstate 79 to the inland port in Front Royal, the project has been ongoing for decades.
I-66 crashes send three to hospital
June 26, 2015
Two separate crashes near mile marker 11 on Interstate 66 sent three people to the hospital and caused traffic delays for more than three hours Thursday evening.
Jury fines man $2,500 for driving 107 mph on I-81
June 17, 2015
A Shenandoah County Circuit Court jury fined a Tennessee man $2,500 Wednesday after convicting him on a reckless driving charge of 107 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 81.
Front Royal man dies in ATV crash
June 15, 2015
The Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash of an all-terrain vehicle that occurred Sunday night in Warren County.
Woman dies in I-81 crash
June 12, 2015
A Burke woman died in a six-vehicle pile up on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County Thursday afternoon.
Truck driver rescues two from burning vehicle
June 4, 2015
Virginia State Police say a truck driver saved the lives of two people when he pulled them from a burning vehicle early Thursday morning at the intersection of U.S. 522 and Tasker Road in Frederick County.
Nine die statewide in Memorial Day crashes
May 27, 2015
Virginia State Police counted nine people dead statewide from traffic accidents over the Memorial Day weekend, a slight increase over 2014.
Seat belt law crackdown begins
May 18, 2015
Several area law enforcement agencies launched their participation Monday in the annual Click It or Ticket It national seat belt enforcement campaign.
I-81 incidents cause some traffic delays
April 27, 2015
Two separate multiple vehicle accidents on Interstate 81, near exit 28, caused closures and delays Sunday evening.
Sinkhole shuts down part of I-81
April 13, 2015
A sinkhole estimated at 15 or 16 feet deep closed one or both lanes of northbound traffic on Interstate 81 south of Woodstock on Sunday and Monday and caused a traffic jam of up to 11 miles.
Car slams into building; 1 injured
April 7, 2015
STEPHENS CITY — A card game among friends was interrupted when a blue Subaru Forrester crashed through the Stone Hall Community Center in the Autumn Glen retirement subdivision Tuesday afternoon.