VDOT News - Bristol


IMMEDIATE - 10 a.m.

Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 21, 2016

10 a.m. January 21 Travel Advisory: Conditions improve on area roadways, motorists advised to prepare for tomorrow's weather

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports road conditions are improving in areas of southwest Virginia this morning.


Following are roadway conditions as of 10 a.m.:


  • Interstates 81 and 77 are clear.

  • Scattered slick spots are reported on the majority of main roads in region.

  • The majority of secondary routes in the region – those numbered 600 or higher – are snow-covered and slick.  Once the snow ends and primary highways are clear, crews will begin clearing secondary routes.    


With the possibility of heavy snow in the forecast for Friday through the weekend, motorists are advised to postpone unnecessary travel.  If travel is absolutely unavoidable, be prepared and have an emergency kit. 


Emergency Winter Driving Kit Should Have:

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• Ice scraper

• Cell phone and charger

• Jumper cables

• Blankets or quilts

• First aid kit

• Bottled water

• Non-perishable food (nuts, energy bars)

• Abrasive material for traction (cat litter, sand)

• Shovel


For safe driving tips and other snow-related information, visit VDOT’s website: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp




Unless conditions deteriorate, this will be the last travel advisory for this storm.


Note:  VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. Our snow-removal crews work around the clock until conditions are safe for travel. 


Common sense dictates that roads carrying the most traffic get top priority. VDOT clears interstates and most primary roads first. It also plows major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities or those with high traffic volumes. Other secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit Virginia, but crews will focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.


Primary roads are numbered 1 through 599. Secondary roads are numbered 600 and up.

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