Traffic & Transportation

Sinkhole shuts down part of I-81

Lawrence Combs, a foreman for Carroll Construction Company,  of Winchester, coats a section of pavement with tar to prepare for a layer of asphalt in the final stages of repairing a sinkhole in the northbound lane of Interstate 81 south of the Woodstock exit on Monday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

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

A vehicle rests inside the Stone Hall Community Center at Autumn Glen retirement subdivision near Stephens City on Tuesday. Police said the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake and her car jumped the curb and crashed through the center's eastern wing.  Henry Culvyhouse/Daily

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.

VDOT asks motorists to be alert in work zones

Bill Stover, superintendent of the Stephens City VDOT District Office, stands along a line of barrels simulating a work zone outside their yard on Wednesday. VDOT has designated this week Work Zone Awareness Week and is educating motorists to the critical part they play in keeping everyone safe in highway work zones.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 25, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — The Virginia Department of Transportation is marking National Work Zone Awareness Week this week by asking motorists to “expect the unexpected” when they happen upon a work zone.

No one hurt in school bus crash

State trooper P.M. Neff walks outside the scene of this crash involving a car and a school bus near the intersection of  Howellsville and Hardesty Roads near Shenandoah Farms on Monday afternoon. A teenager was charged with reckless driving after he crossed the center line and struck the bus, which was stopped,  head-on.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 16, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — A 16-year-old boy escaped injury after hitting a Warren County Public Schools bus head-on Monday afternoon.

Beam me up

Construction crews raise the steel components of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River bridge under construction in Front Royal on Wednesday afternoon. The $48.4 million project is slated to be completed in late 2017. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 11, 2015

Construction crews raise the steel components of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River bridge under construction in Front Royal on Wednesday afternoon. The $48.4 million project is slated to be completed in late 2017.

A winter blanket

Greg Nash scoops the snow off the sidewalk along East King Street in Strasburg on Thursday. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 5, 2015

In like a lion, March has brought the Northern Shenandoah Valley a winter storm expected to accumulate 4 to 8 inches, the National Weather Service said today.

Progress 2015: Building bridges

A surveyor for G.A. & Son F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa.,  plans for the next phase of the South Fork of the Shenandoah Bridge construction project in Front Royal.  The $48.4 million project  is expected to be completed in late 2017. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 3, 2015

Despite what the “Jetsons” would lead viewers to believe, in 2015 motorists are still filling up their cars with gasoline and driving to work, school, church or the grocery store on good ole fashion pavement.

Dream machine

Matthew Vollmers, general manager of Don Beyer Volvo and Volkswagen of Winchester, kneels beside this Volvo XC90 Lego car inside the Winchester showroom.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 26, 2015

WINCHESTER—Amidst the shiny, new 2015 model sedans at the Don Beyer Volvo dealership sits a 2004 Volvo XC90, which has been from San Diego to New York City to Boston.
But this car hasn’t been driven a mile, because it’s made out LEGOs, a popular children’s modeling brick.

Ride sharing firms could expand into region

February 22, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation into law legalizing and regulating the operation of ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the commonwealth.

Crash closes Route 55

February 20, 2015

A multiple vehicle crash outside of Strasburg temporarily closed a section of Route 55 on Thursday night, according Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler .

What goes down, must come up


February 6, 2015

After enjoying months of falling gasoline prices, motorists across the commonwealth saw gas price rise 10 to 20 cents a gallon this week, with the average price settling at around $2.04.

VDOT preps for winter weather

Rebekah Collins, of Front Royal, takes her daughters Sofia, left, 2, and Colette, 1, right, for a stroll along the Eastham Park Trail on a spring-like day Wednesday as temperatures hit the 50-degree mark.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 5, 2015

Virginia Department of Transportation trucks and contractors pretreated Interstates 81 and 66, as well as primary roads in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties on Wednesday in anticipation of possible snow showers today.