Traffic & Transportation

I-81 incidents cause some traffic delays

Two separate multiple vehicle accidents on Interstate 81, near exit 28 in Shenandoah County, caused closures and delays Sunday evening. State Police Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said that officers were dispatched at 4:45 p.m. to an accident involving five vehicles on the northbound portion of ...

Sinkhole shuts down part of I-81

A sinkhole estimated at 20 feet deep closed one or both lanes of northbound traffic on Interstate 81 south of Woodstock for about 24 hours Sunday and Monday and caused a traffic jam of up to 13 miles. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported that state police conducted a slow ...

Car slams into building; 1 injured

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. At 12:44 p.m., resident Kris Pine said she was standing in a doorway talking to her friend, ...

VDOT OKs Morgan Ford bridge design

State transportation officials have approved the design of the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Monday that the chief engineer’s office signed off on the design plans for the bridge replacement project. VDOT will move forward ...

VDOT asks motorists to be alert in work zones

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. Since 1997, VDOT has honored National Work Zone Awareness Week by holding news conferences ...

On the roads: Expect closures in Frederick, Warren

The Virginia Department of Transportation has series of new road closures and delays in Warren and Frederick counties this week. In Frederick County, Gainesboro Road will be closed Monday through Friday at its northern intersection with Route 522 for railroad crossing repairs. Motorists ...

No one hurt in school bus crash

FRONT ROYAL — A 16-year-old boy escaped injury after hitting a Warren County Public Schools bus head-on Monday afternoon. Bus 55, driven by Benjamin Bragg, was unloading students on Howellsville Road near Hardesty Road when a 1999 Mazda Protégé, driven by the 16-year-old, hit the ...

Police: Berryville man died before truck crash

Virginia State Police believe a medical condition caused the death of a man whose vehicle ran off the road Tuesday morning in northern Frederick County. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state police identified the victim as Steven Eugene Afleck, 50, of Berryville. Tyler said Afleck was ...

Stalled freight trains trap people in neighborhood

LINDEN – Paul Shiflett awakened at 4 a.m. Friday to hear a Norfolk Southern train rumbling to a halt on the tracks near his house. Trains, some of them well over a mile long, have been stalling on the tracks for quite a while now. But the one on Friday took an unusually long time to resume ...

A winter blanket

In like a lion, March has brought the Northern Shenandoah Valley a winter storm that dropped 8 to 10 inches of snow Thursday. While many motorists opted for a snow day at home, some ventured out onto the snow-covered roads. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported that a ...

Car wash tips: Taking it with a grain of salt

With snowfalls expecting to accumulate into the 8- to 10-inch range Thursday, motorists can expect to see salt trucks and plows clearing the roadways. However, while the salt can melt ice, it can also corrode automobile’s bodies, chassis, mufflers, brake lines and wheel wells, according to ...

Progress 2015: Building bridges

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. This year, the Virginia Department of Transportation has a lot planned to ...

Progress 2015: Improvements planned for local airports

The area’s airfields will be seeing some improvements this year. Serena “Renny” Manuel, general manager of the Winchester-Frederick County Airport, said construction will resume on a $3.8 million renovation to the facility’s southeast ramp. The ramp is used to “tie down” ...

Light snow expected to fall in area today; schools closed

For the second consecutive week, the Northern Shenandoah Valley region will be subjected to snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. However, the difference with this snow is that the expectations for accumulation and precipitation totals are relatively low. Meteorologist Dan ...

Dream machine

WINCHESTER — Amidst the shiny, new 2015 model sedans at the Don Beyer Volvo dealership sits a 2004 Volvo XC90 that has been sighted in places like San Diego, New York City and Boston. But this car hasn’t been driven a mile, because it’s made out Lego bricks, a popular children’s ...

Ride sharing firms could expand into region

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation into law legalizing and regulating the operation of ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the commonwealth. Senate bill 1025 and House bill 1662 establish licensing procedures and regulations for “transportation network companies” like ...

Crash closes Route 55

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. According to Tyler, the crash occurred near Route 600 around 8 p.m. Thursday when the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet pickup “ran off ...

Motorists asked to use caution in face of winter storm

With snow accumulation of 4-8 inches predicted for the Shenandoah Valley, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police are gearing up for the winter weather. About 900 VDOT snow plows and contractor trucks have been mobilized in the VDOT Staunton district to handle the ...

What goes down, must come up

After enjoying months of falling gasoline prices, motorists across the commonwealth saw gas priceS rise 10 to 20 cents a gallon this week, with the average price settling at around $2.04. The rise in the average price, about 4 cents from Wednesday, is still 30 cents less than a month ago and ...