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Traffic & Transportation

Low water bridge project awaiting bids

The low-water bridge on Artz Road near Woodstock that was the scene of a fatal swift water incident Thursday is under advertisement for a replacement project. On Thursday morning, Woodstock resident Melba Jo Rice, 78, was attempting to cross the low water bridge in her Ford Fusion when it ...

Area man dies in crash

A Winchester man died Tuesday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on Glendobbin Road in Frederick County. Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler identified the victim as Billy G. Barb Sr., 72, of Winchester. Tyler said Barb’s 1989 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on Glenn ...

Cow corralled near interstate

Drivers on Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning were advised by roadside signs to keep on the lookout for rogue roadside cattle. A tractor trailer transporting 33 head of cattle overturned on the highway median around mile marker 300 northbound early Monday morning. State police public ...

State police moving from Luray to Edinburg

The Virginia State Police will be moving their area office from Luray to a three-acre site near Edinburg following the purchase Friday of the land and several buildings. Ronald Rice, capital outlay program director for the state police, said Monday he expected the move to begin in about two ...

Drivers struggle with fog, icy roads

A combination of freezing temperatures, fog and black ice sent dozens of vehicles skidding off area roads Friday morning. School openings in Warren County were delayed and law enforcement officials responded to dozens of crash sites. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reported ...

One driver dies in crash

A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Winchester at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday claimed the life of one person and left a sheriff’s deputy and one other person injured. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police said in a written statement that his agency is still investigating ...

Leach Run Parkway work begins this week

FRONT ROYAL – Construction of the long-awaited Leach Run Parkway begins this week and is slated for completion by early November. Branch Highways is expected to start preliminary work on the connector road today, Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the Front Royal-Warren County ...

VDOT unveils laser-equipped snowplow

MIDDLETOWN – 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. The plow, on display Tuesday at Lord Fairfax Community ...

Mother delivers traffic safety lesson

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. Green said she told her daughter repeatedly to wear a seat ...

Man dies in car crash

A single-car crash on Liberty Furnace Road north of Basye has taken the life of a New Market man. Virginia State Police identified the victim as Richard Lee Roach, 51. He died at 7:54 p.m. Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, a day after the ...

Two killed in I-81 crash

Two people died and a third was injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Interstate 81 in southern Frederick County. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police identified the fatalities as Tyler Scott Marshall, 19, of Wardensville, West Virginia, and Kathleen Haugen, ...

State, valley brace for Hurricane Joaquin

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. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm's ...

Drunken driving crash leads to 11-year prison sentence

FRONT ROYAL – 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. The sentence for Dina Lee Miller, 51, far exceeds the state sentencing guidelines for the crimes to which she pleaded ...

Parkway project contract awarded

FRONT ROYAL – After months and years of planning, the town of Front Royal and County of Warren appear set to begin work on the Leach Run Parkway project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority voted unanimously to approve a construction bid award to Manassas-based ...

VDOT officials blame leaking sewer pipe for hole

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 ...

Sinkhole closes lane in Edinburg

EDINBURG – A sinkhole closed the southbound lane of U.S. 11 near Comer Street in Edinburg around noon on Tuesday. Northbound and southbound traffic funneled into the northbound lane throughout the day as flaggers directed traffic at both ends of the work zone. Emergency contractors ...

State police increase Labor Day weekend patrols

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. The additional patrols, part of the annual Operation Combined Accident Reduction ...

Association seeks public crossing designation

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. Eva Challis, association vice president and safety coordinator, said that she has submitted a written letter ...

Railroad work stops drivers in their tracks

FRONT ROYAL -- For several hours on Wednesday, the residents of Mary Shady Lane in Front Royal were stuck with nowhere to go. Maintenance work by Norfolk Southern Railway on a railroad crossing caused hours of delays for the residents of Mary Shady Lane and Shenandoah Shores Road.  The ...

July 4 traffic fatalities fall to lowest since 2002

Traffic accidents claimed four lives on state roads over the Fourth of July weekend, the lowest total for the holiday period since 2002, Virginia State Police said. The total was down sharply from the 11 who died during the 2014 three-day holiday weekend. State police were called out to ...