Traffic & Transportation

State, valley brace for Hurricane Joaquin

Lewis McDonald, chief engineer for the Strasburg Fire Department, directs  water from the basement of this Charles Street home that flooded on Wednesday afternoon.   Heavy rain is on the way, forecasters say. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.