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Traffic & Transportation

Warren County projects fail to make list

The state’s new scoring system for transportation projects has left out Warren County again. The Commonwealth Transportation Board released this week the second round of projects scored under the Smart Scale prioritization process. Localities, metropolitan organizations and other regional ...

State awards contract for new Cedar Creek bridge

STRASBURG – State transportation officials say construction on a new U.S. 11 bridge over Cedar Creek should begin this spring. The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $6.9 million contract at its Tuesday meeting to Perry Engineering Co. Inc., of Winchester, to build a new crossing ...

Changes to VDOT program could affect future road projects

Proposed changes to a state transportation initiative could delay or cut funding to many Warren County road projects. The county relies heavily on VDOT’s cost-sharing program, especially in its effort to upgrade roads in some rural neighborhoods to state standards. County Administrator ...

Bridge work on schedule despite challenges

Construction on the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County remains on schedule as crews work into the winter. Orders Construction Company Inc., of St. Albans, West Virginia, began work on the project earlier this year. The Virginia Department of Transportation estimates completion of ...

VDOT expands Linden commuter lot

Commuters who use the park-and-ride lot in Linden will find more spaces  available starting this morning. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Thursday that workers recently completed a project to expand the commuter lot on Dismal Hollow Road in Warren County. Kickin’ ...

Counties debate truck ban on road

Some Warren County leaders say too many tractor-trailers travel Reliance Road but Frederick County officials remain unconvinced. Members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ Transportation Committee met earlier this week to consider Warren County’s proposal to prohibit ...

Truck driver dies in crash

A Mount Jackson man driving a tractor-trailer with a tanker filled with gasoline died in a fiery crash Thursday night on Interstate 81 near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The victim, William Golladay, 48, was driving a truck for Holtzman Oil Corp. when he lost control and the truck flipped onto ...

VDOT now prepped for winter weather

STEPHENS CITY – State transportation officials say the agency remains ready to handle whatever nature brings to Virginia this winter. The Virginia Department of Transportation held a news conference on winter-weather preparedness at its Stephens City headquarters in the Staunton ...

VDOT to activate signal at Lake Frederick intersection

Motorists can expect changes at a Frederick County intersection and site of a fatal crash over the summer. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it plans to fully activate the traffic signal at Lake Frederick Drive and U.S. 340-522 near the Frederick ...

Child dies in interstate crash

A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near Woodstock on Friday afternoon caused the death of a 4-year-old girl. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said the crash occurred at 3:38 p.m. on southbound I-81,  about three miles north of Woodstock. He said Greg Lee Peters, ...

Two hurt in Sunday crash

A Stephens City woman and her passenger were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon when the SUV she was driving ran off the road on U.S. 50 in Frederick County. Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police, said that the driver, Pamela ...

Agency to start bus service from Front Royal to Manassas

FRONT ROYAL – A regional agency plans to offer bus service to commuters when major construction begins on Interstate 66. The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission announced this week that it intends to bring a commuter bus online by next summer that would take riders from Front ...

Bridge work moving forward

FRONT ROYAL – Low river levels and little rain are helping construction crews build a new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County. Orders Construction Company Inc. began its work to replace the 90-year-old bridge over the Shenandoah River in the spring after years of preparation. Crews ...

Study pushes bus service to LFCC

An effort by the Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization could bring public transportation to Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. LFCC remains the only community college out of the state’s 23 without public transportation. Localities likely would need to ...

Area gas prices rise alongside state average

Drivers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley may still see gas prices inch higher even as the Colonial Pipeline starts using a bypass around an Alabama gas leak. Colonial Pipeline, which transports gasoline from Gulf Coast refineries up through New York City, first shut down its main lines on ...

Police cracking down on drivers passing buses

Area police will be watching for drivers who don't stop for school buses. The Woodstock Police Department has reported an influx of calls concerning vehicles that fail to stop on the southern end of Main Street for school buses dropping off or picking up students. Police Chief Eric ...

VDOT signs warn of speed limits

State transportation officials warn motorists that driving more than 80 mph in 70-mph zones can lead to stiff penalties. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to post signs along portions of Interstate 81 and 95 advising drivers in an effort to reduce speeds and increase safety as ...

Crash on Interstate 81 injures three highway workers

Three members of a highway work crew were hospitalized early Wednesday as a result of a vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 81 near Mount Jackson. The victims were taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital with what the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office called “unknown ...

Tractor trailer overturns on Route 37

A two-vehicle crash involving an overturned tractor trailer on State Route 37 delayed traffic and sent a driver to the hospital Thursday morning. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said Michael James Grimm, 43, of East Liverpool, Ohio, was driving north at around 8:10 a.m. ...

Deadly crash occurs on Interstate 66

A motorist was killed Friday morning when his car collided with a roll back tow truck on the side of the road in the eastbound travel lanes of Interstate 66 in Warren County at mile marker 14.4. Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler is a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “We ...