Traffic & Transportation

VDOT unveils laser-equipped snowplow

Cliff Balderson, VDOT Edinburg residency administrator, stands behind one of the area's new wing plow trucks that will be used to clear area highways during winter weather. VDOT made the announcement during its snow conference held at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 17, 2015

A snowstorm or two is almost certainly lurking in the region’s near future, and the Virginia Department of Transportation is prepared to meet it with a new kind of plow hopped up with a laser and deluxe wing blade.

Mother delivers traffic safety lesson

Shenandoah County school resource officer deputy Ricky Miller speaks to this group of parents and teenagers on the hazards of distracted driving at Central High School Tuesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 12, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Janet Green’s 18-year-old daughter Heather died in a car crash in mid-May, a tragedy that has led her to deliver a graphic, potentially life-saving plea for teen drivers and their parents in Shenandoah County.

Man dies in car crash

November 12, 2015

A single-car crash on Liberty Furnace Road north of Basye has taken the life of a New Market man.

Two killed in I-81 crash

October 13, 2015

Two people died and a third was injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Interstate 81 in southern Frederick County.

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.